We will only consider applying white "H" and "Keep Clear" markings in extreme circumstances because obstruction in residential areas is mainly caused by residents/neighbours and these markings are unlikely to solve the problem. We have no powers to move vehicles parked inconsiderately or illegally and you should contact Suffolk Police for help.
We can provide the following road markings where consistent obstruction problems occur:
|Type of marking||Where it is used||Why it is used|
|White “H” marking||On the road where a driveway is regularly blocked by drivers visiting, for example, some form of retail outlet (corner shop, off licence, etc.), a leisure facility or school||Used to indicate to drivers where a road should be kept clear of waiting or parked vehicles to allow access to private entrances. These markings can only be provided on roads where there are no existing waiting restrictions.|
|White “Keep Clear” marking||On the road where queuing drivers regularly block a side road||Used to indicate to drivers where the road should be kept clear of waiting or parked vehicles to allow access to side roads. These markings can only be provided on roads where there are no existing waiting restrictions.|
|Yellow box marking||On the road where traffic frequently blocks a junction||Used to indicate to drivers where a road MUST be kept clear of waiting or queuing vehicles to allow access to side roads as stated in the Highway Code. Enforcement of the restriction is the responsibility of Suffolk Police|
If you consider that you have a traffic management problem which would be addressed by the provision of new road markings, please use our online report, selecting report type Traffic Management, Problem type Keep clear road markings.
To report fading road markings, please use our online report, selecting report type Roads, pavements and cycle tracks, problem type Road markings missing or faded .
If you would like to request new keep clear road markings in Ipswich please contact Ipswich Borough Council
If you want to request new keep clear road markings on a trunk road (PDF, 89kb) please contact the Highways Agency Information Line.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cars are always parking outside my house. Can I stop them?
If these vehicles are legally parked, taxed and not causing an obstruction then they are entitled to park there, even though it is outside your property. If vehicles are parked illegally, contact Suffolk Police.
At school opening and closing times parents picking up their children stop me parking my car near my house. Can anything be done?
Because it is a short term problem very little can be done. Enforcement of parking restrictions is carried out by Suffolk Police and they are unlikely to have the resources to attend school premises twice a day, 5 days a week to make sure that that waiting restrictions are observed.
What can be done to stop vehicles parking on the pavement?
We have no legal powers to stop this happening - it is an enforcement matter for Suffolk Police.