Dropped kerbs and driveways
Road markings adjacent to dropped kerbs
In most circumstances it's an offence, irrespective of the presence or absence of road markings, to park adjacent to a dropped kerb.
We may introduce waiting restrictions (yellow lines) in front of dropped kerbs if:
- street parking is controlled 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 make it confusing to omit them (eg if new yellow lines were being installed at a junction and there's a dropped kerb immediately adjacent, we'd probably extend the lines across it)
- they're adjacent to new crossovers
Previous to the change in legislation, we didn't 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.
As we now have power to enforce, we consider the advisory H-bar to be street clutter and an unnecessary road marking. Most dropped kerbs are very obvious, so we've stopped the installation of H-bar markings and remove them when practicable.
Section 86 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 makes it an offence for a vehicle to park adjacent to a dropped kerb in many circumstances.
Page last updated: 19 November 2019