Dropped kerbs and driveways
Road markings adjacent to dropped kerbs
In most circumstances it is an offence, irrespective of the presence or absence of road markings, to park adjacent to a dropped kerb.
The council does not install waiting restrictions (yellow lines) in front of dropped kerbs unless:
- Parking is controlled in the street for other reasons (eg. the street is within a parking zone, yellow lines are needed to allow sufficient space for vehicles to pass, or road safety).
- Circumstances would make it confusing to omit them (eg. if new yellow lines were being installed at a junction and there was a dropped kerb immediately adjacent we would probably extend the lines across it).
Previous to the change in legislation the council did not have the power to enforce against vehicles that were parked next to a dropped kerb. Therefore it was more important to sign the location of dropped kerbs with white lines, to act as a deterrent.
Since the council now has the power to enforce, we consider the advisory H-bar to be street clutter and an unnecessary road marking that brings little benefit. Most dropped kerbs are very obvious and we don’t need any additional signage to point them out.
We are therefore stopping the installation of H-bar markings and removing them when practicable.