Where shouldn't you park?
Parking next to dropped kerbs
Parking is not allowed:
- where the kerb along a highway has been lowered to help wheelchair users, powered mobility vehicles and pushchairs when crossing the road
- where the kerb has been lowered in front of an entrance to a property
Signs and lines are not required to enforce this type of contravention.
Dropped kerbs on the highway
Parking alongside a dropped kerb on the highway can cause considerable inconvenience and it can put vulnerable road users at greater risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.
Our Parking Enforcement Officers are allowed the issue a penalty charge notice to a vehicle that is parked on a dropped kerb on the highway. This regulation applies to all road users.
You can report this type of parking infringement to the Parking office.
Dropped kerb access to residential properties
If a footway, cycle track or verge has been lowered (or the carriageway raised) to allow access to a property, parking here can cause problems for vehicles trying to enter or leave the premises.
We can only issue a penalty charge notice to vehicles which are parked on dropped kerbs leading to residential properties at the request of the resident of that property. This is because it is difficult for an Enforcement Officer to tell whether the vehicle parked on the dropped kerb belongs to the resident of the property or to another motorist. Once we have been told about the contravention, we will visit the location as soon as possible (provided we have available officers). If the contravening vehicle is still at the location when the Enforcement Officer visits, they are allowed to issue a penalty charge notice to that vehicle.
Please note that we are only allowed to issue a penalty charge notice and the vehicle can only be removed by the police.
The legislation on enforcing parking on dropped kerbs can be viewed in section 86 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.
When a vehicle is parked more than 50cm away from the kerb, it is double parked.
We can issue a penalty charge notice to double parked vehicles because this type of parking can prevent ambulances, fire engines, buses, waste collection vehicles and other essential vehicles from getting through.
This type of parking infringement can be reported to the Parking office.
The legislation on enforcing double parking can be viewed within section 85 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.
Zig zag lines
You must not park on zig zag lines. These are usually put in places where parking poses a safety hazard to pedestrians e.g. around road crossings and school entrances.
Zig zags are enforceable 24 hours a day 7 days a week unless there is a sign that states otherwise.
Zig zags and other parking restrictions outside schools are there for a reason. Even if you only park for a minute while you are dropping off your children, your vehicle creates a potentially dangerous situation which could result in an accident.
The police can enforce this restriction and can prosecute offenders, resulting in the possible endorsement of the offender's driving licence.
Parking on pavements
Parking on the pavement can be a hazard for pedestrians, forcing them to walk in the road. It can also cause damage to the paving or grass verge, which costs us a lot of money each year to repair.
If there are waiting restrictions (yellow lines) on the highway next to the pavement, then we can issue a penalty charge notice. Waiting restrictions cover the highway from the centre of the road to back of the footpath. To report a vehicle parked on a pavement where there are parking restrictions, please contact the parking office.
If there are no waiting restrictions on the highway next to the pavement, then the obstruction will have to be dealt with by the police. We have no powers to take action in these situations.
If you see a damaged pavement, please report the damage online.
Parking on verges
Parking on verges can be problem in many towns and villages across our area. Inappropriate parking on footways and verges results in an unsafe environment for both motorists and pedestrians.
Central Bedfordshire Council has taken steps to prevent this by making a Verge and Footway Parking Order. This will enable us to take formal enforcement action, potentially resulting in a fine for the motorist who parks in an inappropriate manner on the verge or footway.
This action was communicated to all town and parish councils and you can view the letter here Parking on verges (PDF 43KB).
If you have an issue with verge parking in your town or village, please contact your town or parish council in the first instance.