Question: I have a dropped kerb at my driveway entrance but there are no markings on the road, and cars are often left parked either side. Most motorists are considerate but on occasion my drive has been partly blocked, making access dangerous and difficult. It was like that for three days once, and on another day I couldn't get out at all for several hours. What can I do?
Answer: A dropped kerb allows vehicles to cross to and from a driveway without damaging the pavement, the kerb or the gas, electricity and water services beneath. Your local authority should have consented or issued a licence in relation to the dropped kerb. Parking across it is classed as an obstruction and councils will take enforcement action, but their procedures vary.
A civil enforcement officer can issue a Penalty Charge Notice if access has been obstructed but the complaint must be made to the council by you. You will probably be asked to confirm in writing that you are the landowner.
If a vehicle obstructs your driveway so badly you cannot access it, you could call the 101 police non-emergency line. The police may either trace the owner of the vehicle and get them to remove it, or they could move it themselves, depending on the circumstances.
If people regularly park in front of your driveway you could apply to your local authority for a white line to be marked there, as this will often deter drivers.
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