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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.

Yellow lines

The council may introduce waiting restrictions (yellow lines) in front of dropped kerbs in the following circumstances:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Adjacent to new crossovers.

White lines

The council has, in the past, installed advisory white H-bar road markings (Diagram 1026.1) in front of properties at cost to the resident.  Many of these markings still exist on our streets.

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.

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