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
We've previously installed advisory white H-bar road markings (Diagram 1026.1) in front of properties at the cost to the resident.
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