Parking on pavements and verges

How we reduce parking on pavements and verges to maintain the safety of public highways.

Vehicles parking on the grass verge

It is not an offence to park a vehicle on a grass verge unless:

  • there are waiting restrictions (yellow lines) on the road, as these also apply to the verge
  • it is specifically signed that parking on the verge is prohibited

If you would like to report a vehicle for parking on the grass verge where there are waiting restrictions in place, please call the Police.

Unless there is a significant safety concern, we no longer install bollards or other planting schemes for the sole purpose of preventing verge parking because of the initial cost of such provision and the ongoing maintenance costs.

You can report extensive damage to highway verges resulting in a considerable level difference between the footway edge and the verge which you think is a significant safety issue by using our Highways Reporting Tool: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/highway-maintenance/report-a-highways-issue/

Vehicles parking on the pavement

Vehicles should not park partially or wholly on the pavement unless signs permit this.

If you want to report a vehicle for causing an obstruction by parking on the pavement, please call the Police.

If you want to report a vehicle when it is parked partially or wholly on the pavement and there are waiting restrictions (yellow lines) on the road, please call the  Police. 

Vehicles parking on or close to a junction

The Highway Code (Rule 243) recommends that vehicles are not parked opposite or within 10 metres of a junction.  

If you want to report a vehicle for parking too close to a junction and causing an obstruction, please call the Police.

Vehicles Parking across residential dropped kerb accesses

Vehicles should not park partially or wholly across any dropped kerb access as this is classed as an obstruction.  If you want to report a vehicle for parking wholly or partially across a dropped kerb access leaving you unable to drive a vehicle off your property or to the point where it takes several manoeuvres to leave the property, please call the Police.

Please note that we do not place waiting restrictions (yellow lines) across private accesses but you can apply for an access protection (H) marking you can find more  information about the process and criteria we use to consider applications for these markings on the "Apply for new or renewal of existing access protection markings (white H markings)" page on this website.

If you would like to apply for a new dropped kerb (or make changes to an existing dropped kerb), you can find more information about the process and criteria we use to consider applications on the "Apply and pay foe a dropped kerb" page on this website.  

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