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Is this a Legal Road Marking?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 30 Sep 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

A white line has recently been painted on the road near my home. It looks like and H with a long middle, it is approximately 5 m long.

The occupier of the house has disabled parking only signs in his house window. Is this a legal road marking for disabled parking?

(Mrs Vivian Black, 30 September 2008)

A.

If a disabled resident has requested a disabled parking space and their application has been accepted, they would usually be provided with a rectangular space outside the property that they reside in. In most cases, the space provided would be in the region of 6.6m x 2.7m, laid out in 50mm white painted lines. Although the disabled parking bay will have been requested by a specific resident or residents, and the application approved, the council will not be able to guarantee that the space is always reserved for that one person - any blue badge holder would be legally allowed to use the bay.

So what is the H-Bar Marking For?

If the property has a marking that looks like an elongated 'H' Bar on the road outside, then it is not there as a disabled parking bay, it is actually there to remind other road users that there is a need for constant access to the driveway or entrance and that they should not park there under any circumstances.

Where Should the Markings Be?

The markings on the H-Bar are usually the same width as the driveway, and so should mark the area where the kerb becomes sloped on either side - this means that they are usually placed around a metre or so from the edge of the drive.

It's my H-Bar marking - can I park there?

It is important that if an application for a disabled access parking space is accepted, then the resident does not park any vehicles there, regardless of whether or not they have a disabled badge. If people are visiting them, they should also avoid parking there. The whole point of the bay markings is to show that it is important that there is access available to the driveway at all times, and if someone consistently parks over the markings, then the H-bars will be removed by the council as they will be deemed not necessary.

What Happens if Someone Ignores the Markings and Obstructs the Driveway?

If someone parks over the H-Bar markings and obstructs the entrance to the driveway, then depending on local council regulations for the area of residency, then a fixed penalty notice may be issued to the offending driver.

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ALLOTMENT - Your Question:
Hello Just wondering would the council be allowed to get permission for a line to be put in front of an allotment gate in Southampton as we do get a lot of cars parking part in the way and when temporary traffic light there the car stop right in the wayIs there anything that would stop an allotment getting a line put in front of the gate way

Our Response:
Ask the council's highways department about this. If it's a public amenity/muncipal allotment, they may even paint "Keep Clear" markings.
SaferMotoring - 3-Oct-17 @ 10:18 AM
Hello Just wondering would the council be allowed to get permission for a line to be put in front of an allotment gate in Southampton as we do get a lot of cars parking part in the wayand when temporary traffic light there the car stop right in the way Is there anything that would stop an allotment getting a line put in front of the gate way
ALLOTMENT - 30-Sep-17 @ 3:25 PM
LauraJ - Your Question:
Recently my neighbour had a "H" bar painted on the road outside his driveway. My only issue is that it ends a quarter of the way across my house. I was wondering if this is legal because I regularly have people over who drive and now they only have a small space to park in. Help please?

Our Response:
H bar markings can only be painted on with permission from the Council's highway department and must meet their specifications (& carried out by a recommended contractor). Check with them to find out whether the marks meet the spec's and if anything can be done about the part that is over your driveway.
SaferMotoring - 15-Aug-17 @ 11:51 AM
Recently my neighbour had a "H" bar painted on the road outside his driveway. My only issue is that it ends a quarter of the way across my house. I was wondering if this is legal because I regularly have people over who drive and now they only have a small space to park in. Help please?
LauraJ - 12-Aug-17 @ 10:51 PM
My neighbor, who has their own drive and can fit two cars on there comfortably, frequently parks over my h-bar line. The h-bar was put in place because I have a disability and find it difficult reversing out if a vehicle is parked beyond the tree outside mine and my neighbor's house. Although I have opened up my drive, the drop kerb isn't where it ideally needed to be because of a nearby tree, but the council kindly painted the h-bar from where the tree is to the other end of the drop kerb, but the neighbour still frequently parks their car so that the wheels or the body of the car overhang the h-bar line. Is there something that can be done about this? Can the council give a warning, or put a courteous sign up on the tree, or give someone a penalty notice for doing so? We've asked the neighbor's nicely on several occasion but there has been no change in the way that they park their car.
Pixie - 25-May-17 @ 5:20 PM
Chez - Your Question:
I have a H line and people keep parking on it or have overhangs what can I do about it

Our Response:
H lines are usually placed as a deterrent to prevent people parking in a particular spot, they generally have no legal standing, so unfortunately there is not a great deal you can do. In some parts of the country, parking across a dropped kerb is illegal so you might be able to get your parking authority or the police to step in.
SaferMotoring - 16-May-17 @ 12:45 PM
I have a H line and people keep parking on it or have overhangs what can I do about it
Chez - 15-May-17 @ 1:39 PM
J - Your Question:
Hello there,I have parked regularly on a residential road where there are seveal h-bar road markings. I am always careful to make sure my wheels are not touching the markings either end of my car. However some vigilante note writer has been leaving typed messages on cars about 'not parking ANY part of the car over the white line' (ie no overhang) as it is blocking access. Are they correct? If they are incorrect, do you what byway code I can refer to in my own note!Any help much appreciated,Jules

Our Response:
Many white h bar white line markings don't actually have any legal significance, they are simply to deter people from parking there. It is general courtesy not to park any part of your vehicle in the space between the lines. Check with your local authority for details of the parking regulations.
SaferMotoring - 15-May-17 @ 12:46 PM
Hello there, I have parked regularly on a residential road where there are seveal h-bar road markings. I am always careful to make sure my wheels are not touching the markings either end of my car. However some vigilante note writer has been leaving typed messages on cars about 'not parking ANY part of the car over the white line' (ie no overhang) as it is blocking access. Are they correct? If they are incorrect, do you what byway code I can refer to in my own note! Any help much appreciated, Jules
J - 12-May-17 @ 1:23 AM
Faye - Your Question:
It appears my neighbour may have spray painted a disabled parking bay outside her house in blue. I'm wondering whether this legal as I thought these were white if put there by the highways agency? Please help clear up my enquiry. Don't want to go accusing someone without knowing how these things work.

Our Response:
Disabled bays/spaces are usually painted with the permission of the local highways authority/local council. Get in touch with yours to see what their requirements are and whether you can report your neighbour.
SaferMotoring - 2-May-17 @ 12:46 PM
It appears my neighbour may have spray painted a disabled parking bay outside her house in blue. I'm wondering whether this legal as I thought these were white if put there by the highways agency? Please help clear up my enquiry. Don't want to go accusing someone without knowing how these things work.
Faye - 1-May-17 @ 6:58 PM
I have a road ramp outside my house with white lines going down each side.What do the white lines mean
Micky - 14-Apr-17 @ 4:42 PM
Dindons- Your Question:
My neighbour has painted her door number 124.and the other 2 neighbours door numbers 103 and 105.she don't even live in this part she only parks there so she can c her car 247.if visitors come or emergency services they have no where to park upon calling the council they said we need to find out who the car park belongs to how do I do that thanks dindons

Our Response:
We assume the car park owners will be the landlords of any nearby residences with communal parking perhaps? The land registry might be able to help.
SaferMotoring - 31-Mar-17 @ 12:17 PM
My neighbour has painted her door number 124.and the other 2 neighbours door numbers 103 and 105.she don't even live in this part she only parks there so she can c her car 247.if visitors come or emergency services they have no where to park upon calling the council they said we need to find out who the car park belongs to how do I do that thanks dindons
Dindons - 30-Mar-17 @ 4:29 PM
My neighbour is getting a disabled parking and she has already got white Line as well can I park on the opposite side of the road If there are no markings on my side that you
Bren - 17-Feb-17 @ 6:43 PM
instant - Your Question:
A neighbour has painted a white line across his dropped drive but it extends 2 metres either side of dropped kerb which means 2 park spaces are lost is this legal

Our Response:
White line markers can only be painted by your local council (highways department). They usually have detailed specifications, so contact the council and they'll investigate.
SaferMotoring - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:52 AM
a neighbour has painted a white line across his dropped drive but it extends 2 metres either side of dropped kerb which means 2 park spaces are lost is this legal
instant - 4-Jan-17 @ 11:38 AM
Annoyed - Your Question:
The local council have placed H lines at each side of an access lane that goes up the side of my house which is a terrace of 6 houses, at the request of the resident at the end of the access lane, now I'm not allowed to park in front of my own house & have to park up the road which is a rural road. Should the council have informed me that this was going to happen. The value of my house has now dropped. Help advice needed.

Our Response:
No, the council do not need to inform residents of this. The white lines will have been painted on to make sure entrance/exit to the access road is not dangerous.
SaferMotoring - 21-Dec-16 @ 1:52 PM
The local council have placed H lines at each side of an access lane that goes up the side of my house which is a terrace of 6 houses, at the request of the resident at the end of the access lane, now I'm not allowed to park in front of my own house & have to park up the road which is a rural road. Should the council have informed me that this was going to happen. The value of my house has now dropped. Help advice needed.
Annoyed - 20-Dec-16 @ 8:41 PM
Sue - Your Question:
My neighbour has had a H line drawn across my drive without my permissionThree quarters over mine and a quarter over his,is this legalIf not what can I do about it has I got a parking ticket for parking outside my own drive.

Our Response:
Check with the council who would have given permission for the white line marker if you've think they've painted it in the wrong place.
SaferMotoring - 1-Nov-16 @ 10:29 AM
My neighbour has had a H line drawn across my drive without my permission Three quarters over mine and a quarter over his,is this legal If not what can I do about it has I got a parking ticket for parking outside my own drive .
Sue - 30-Oct-16 @ 11:11 AM
DJScoobs - who are you to decide that the person who went to the trouble (and cost) of having a white line painted had 'easy access'. Supposed they have disabled kids and drive a big MPV and have to reverse out? What's the point of a line? Either you are over it or you are not. You clearly don't have issues parking outside your house so haven't got a clue. It's this lack of consideration that causes irritation and you go on like you're come kind of victim. Park on the line only if you are ready to deal with what may come your way.Otherwise park a bit further away than you'd like to.
Brand0 - 19-Oct-16 @ 10:36 PM
Can a local authority designate a residents parking area in front of a private garage with Garage with a dropped kerb?
Derl - 26-Sep-16 @ 5:20 PM
We parked our van outside a house in our town centre the other day. There was a driveway with a white 'H' . Our back wheel was within in the White'H' but our back end of the van was just slightly over it but not where the drop down kerb started. There was still easy access to and from the property for the house owner. On our return we were met by a very irate owner telling us off saying we were breaking the law for our van being over (albeit just inches over) We apologised but he persisted to rant on at us saying that he had hired a skip and they refused to deliver it because our van was slightly over this white 'H' we asked for the skip hires phone number to speak to them over this but he reused and said he would get us fined and issue a ticket and inform the police. We questioned this with the house owner and he then became quite threatening by coming right up close to us (as could see all the sweat on his t-shirt) saying to get off his property as we were causing an offence and then accused us of touching him and started video recording us on his mobile phone and taking photos becoming very argumentive. We then decided to also record him with our phones to shich he turned his back on us saying we were causing another offence by leaning on his front wall !All because we were just slightly over this white line by a few inches. Please can you clear this up for us as we do not wish to get in any trouble or commit any offence. As far as we were aware there was no obstruction to his driveway and a vechile could easily get In and out. Many Thanks
DJScoobs - 23-Sep-16 @ 2:08 PM
My neighbour has had a H line painted out side his drive and on the opposite side of the road .friends and family will park on both sides of the road over the line making it difficult for cars to get past .if anybody else parks on the line the police are called and asked to move .they use it for their own use .
Joner - 23-Aug-16 @ 9:08 PM
I am disabled and i applied for h marking which i have, the reason why i applied for this, everyone seems to park infront of my home, when they are going to the corner shop, they park there when they are going to visit their relatives on the next road, they even park their to smoke, or have a chit chat , or if they are staying over at their relatives home over night,this was upsetting me because i couldnt come off my drive, i would have to use the next door neighbours, as we share the same front garden, even though the white lines are visable -people are still parking there, what do i do.................do i start taking photos of how their cars are blocking me in, and take the reg and models of their car, i do nt live on a busy road that police and traffic warden would see this, im frustrated as i thaught the H marking would make a difference, but it seems drivers are blind to this............. is there anything orany number i could have to contact regarding this,
ebbz - 19-Jul-16 @ 8:59 PM
B- Your Question:
OK so I have a H line across my drive and across my front garden. There are property's across from my house but the back of the propertys. why am I the only one that has this in my street? Have the people across the way payed for this? It is not fair as they all have massive drives at the front and don't need access to this gate all the time? It's a pain when people visit neighbours in the street and they leave letters on there cars but there isn't anywhere else to park in the street.

Our Response:
Unfortunately that's the draw back of living in a busy area where there are lots of people wanting to park their cars. In this instance it doesn't look as though there's much you can do about this.
SaferMotoring - 12-Jul-16 @ 2:27 PM
OK so I have a H line across my drive and across my front garden. There are property's across from my house but the back of the propertys. why am I the only one that has this in my street? Have the people across the way payed for this?It is not fair as they all have massive drives at the front and don't need access to this gate all the time?It's a pain when people visit neighbours in the street and they leave letters on there cars but there isn't anywhere else to park in the street.
B - 10-Jul-16 @ 8:47 PM
Motorhome - Your Question:
I can understand the law about access to your own house or garage with the white H bar line, but what is the law, if the person is not using the garage and complains that he cannot get out of his garage and gets people a parking ticket which I have seen. I was told by the police that if the person could not get into his garage it was not an obstruction unless parking was a problem?

Our Response:
If a person cannot exit their property it is obstruction. The reverse (being able to return/get back in to a property) does not apply in the same way.
SaferMotoring - 26-Apr-16 @ 11:18 AM
I have had a 'disabled no parking' sign put outside my house as I am disabled but I have constant problems with the neighbours across the road from me as everyone that visits them park outside their house but I cannot get in or out of my drive because of it and always have to peep my horn to get someone to come and move there car to allow me to get in and out. I struggle with my mobility so even walking to their house is a problem so I have to peep which I hate to do but have to do! Is it illegal for them to park there or not? I really need help as its starting to get me down because they just seem to want to do anything to get to me! But this parking situation also affects my next door neighbours too as they can only get in and out their drive 1 way if there's a car parked where I say. Hope you can help.
Lezzels - 25-Apr-16 @ 2:18 PM
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