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Is this a Legal Road Marking?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 29 May 2018 | 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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Ive decided to get an h bar across my property,im sick of folk blocking my drive,when they can easily park on the front,if its ignored how doi get them to stop,otherwise it will be a complete waste of money having it done
kazthetaz - 29-May-18 @ 10:30 PM
I live in a road with very limited parking and lately the council have been giving certain households permission to have driveways installed, one particularly neighbour has had a H bar also painted outside her property which has been granted due to recent bad health, lately now said neighbours daughter has passed her driving test & subsequent also got a car, now said neighbour has narrowed her driveway by installing a walk through gate & double driveway gates for access to the property narrowing the access point for a vehicle by approximately 2-3 foot. They have also out a sign up outside the property instructing people not to park on "ANY PART OF OUR DRIVEWAY" but have also decided to park both vehicles outside the property side by side within the H bar markings as their own reserved spaces, is it legal to use the H bar driveway access point for this or do I have a right to ask the local authorities to review the H bar system as it isn't being used for the purpose intended & if I can appeal what evidence would I need.
Frustrated neighbour - 24-Apr-18 @ 12:39 PM
I have a small back gated which I used to get my motorbike in and out of. Recently a Thames water van keeps parking in front of my gate making it really hard for me to get my motorbike out. I have left a note on his van to politely ask him not to park in front of my gate, but he just ignores it. So frustrating as there’s plenty of space for Him to park without blocking my gate. Isn’t there anything I can do?
SharonEM71 - 28-Mar-18 @ 9:13 PM
I Have a H bar outsidemy house people park opposite the H bar can I do anything about
Eddy - 14-Mar-18 @ 8:36 PM
Someone has had a white line painted across my mums drive without her permission What's are her rights as to getting it removed.
Cuddles - 7-Mar-18 @ 8:50 PM
Lisa - Your Question:
Can you tell me how much a H bar costs to have put outside your house at the bottom of the drive we have a constant use of it and our neighbour parks over the drive or when they have visitors

Our Response:
You local council's highways department will be able to tell you how much they charge for this and whether it is permissible.
SaferMotoring - 5-Feb-18 @ 2:08 PM
Can you tell me how much a H bar costs to have put outside your house at the bottom of the drive we have a constant use of it and our neighbour parks over the drive or when they have visitors
Lisa - 2-Feb-18 @ 8:01 PM
Hello! I’ve had a constant issue for almost two years with neighbours & their visitors parking in front of my driveway thus blocking me in & out of my property almost every day. My local council and PSCOs seem unphased by my issue but if I do get an H-bar, what will/should be heir course of action if the issue persists? I think it’s so silly to make people pay out of pocket for the ignorance and sheer selfishness of others. I had a family member rushed into hospital one very early morning three hours away from me and was unable to get to them until late afternoon due to being blocked in & the police not assisting me.
Nina - 21-Jan-18 @ 1:13 PM
Ally - Your Question:
I have a small gate on my property I don’t own a car and really don’t have a problem with people parking outside my property but seem to have a lot of people parking right across my access and I cannot get my push bike in or out and wheelie bins and have to try find driver to move so I can get my bike in and sometimes my bins don’t get empty because that hem them in

Our Response:
It sounds as though you have no pavement, so it is very inconsiderate of these vehicle owners to park in this way. Have you considered putting up a small sign indicating that you need accessis needed for bike, pushchairs, wheelchairs etc? People may think twice before parking. If it becomes a peristent issue contact your local police or PCSO.
SaferMotoring - 5-Jan-18 @ 10:40 AM
Hi, I’m hoping someone can provide me with some information. My neighbours paid to have a H bar painted on a dropped kerb, there is no driveway, just their and my side entrance paths leading to our gates. The dropped kerb & H bar covers both of our properties. The person currently living in the property has a car which they are trying to sell parked on their path, they have another car & I also have one. Rather than parking outside of their property & over the H bar in front of the car they are trying to sell, they will park outside of mine, so, as the car on the path is not in use I will sometimes park over the H bar at night & move in the morning. I guess what I’m asking is, should the car be parked on a side entrance path & has the H bar any authority as there isn’t a driveway, just 2 garden paths. I really hope someone can help, the council haven’t got back to me after almost a month & im fed up of this causing issues, there has been no problem in the 4 years I & the H bar have been here until recently. Many Thanks
gemimapduck - 4-Jan-18 @ 11:20 PM
Hi, I’m hoping someone can provide me with some information. My neighbours paid to have a H bar painted on a dropped kerb, there is no driveway, just their and my side entrance paths leading to our gates. The dropped kerb & H bar covers both of our properties. The person currently living in the property has a car which they are trying to sell parked on their path, they have another car & I also have one. Rather than parking outside of their property & over the H bar in front of the car they are trying to sell, they will park outside of mine, so, as the car on the path is not in use I will sometimes park over the H bar at night & move in the morning. I guess what I’m asking is, should the car be parked on a side entrance path & has the H bar any authority as there isn’t a driveway, just 2 garden paths. I really hope someone can help, the council haven’t got back to me after almost a month & im fed up of this causing issues, there has been no problem in the 4 years I & the H bar have been here until recently. Many Thanks
gemimapduck - 4-Jan-18 @ 11:07 PM
I have a small gate on my property I don’t own a car and really don’t have a problem with people parking outside my property but seem to have a lot of people parking right across my access and I cannot get my push bike in or out and wheelie bins and have to try find driver to move so I can get my bike in and sometimes my bins don’t get empty because that hem them in
Ally - 2-Jan-18 @ 1:27 PM
Del - Your Question:
My neighbour has painted their own H line outside their house , is this legal ?

Our Response:
No, H lines can only be applied with the permission of the local council and they will normally recommend that their own contractors carry out the work. H markings don't really have any legal enforceability anyhow.
SaferMotoring - 6-Nov-17 @ 12:37 PM
My neighbour has painted their own H line outside their house , is this legal ?
Del - 4-Nov-17 @ 5:53 PM
IESC - Your Question:
We are having our car park re tarmac'd and white lined, do we need to add a disabled space ? currently we don't have one ? Thanks

Our Response:
Are you an employer? Public body etc? If so, as you are re-doing the car park you may be required to provide disabled space(s). This depends on the size of your company and the disabled access into your building. Contact your planning/building control department for help.
SaferMotoring - 25-Oct-17 @ 2:35 PM
We are having our car park re tarmac'd and white lined, do we need to add a disabled space ? currently we don't have one ? Thanks
IESC - 23-Oct-17 @ 12:12 PM
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
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