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There are a number of rules and restrictions when it comes to parking.

And that includes parking near dropped curbs and driveways – here’s everything you need to know.

According to the Highway Code, Rule 243 – “You should not stop or park where the curb has been lowered to assist wheelchair users and motorized mobility vehicles, or where it would impede cyclists, unless stationary traffic dictates it.”

With this in mind, motorists should exercise caution when parking near a dropped curb – vehicles should ensure they are not parked wholly or partially over the curb.

Road users should also be aware that there are two types of lowered curbs – for pedestrians and for cars.

The fine imposed for this parking offense is a Penalty Notice (PCN) of up to £90 and if applicable the vehicle may be removed and impounded.

Complaints about this violation can be made to the local police or council.

Drivers should also be aware that they run the risk of receiving a PCN for parking over a dropped curb outside of their own property.

If your property has a lowered curb, it is best to contact your local authority with the make, model and registration of the vehicle and proof of residence.

Once all of the above information is registered, there is no risk of being fined for parking on your own lowered curb.

According to Rule 234 of the Highway Code, you should “not stop or park in front of an entrance to any property unless you are compelled to do so by stationary traffic”.

If you intend to drive a vehicle across the footpath into your driveway from a highway, you will need a lowered curb. Unless you have a lowered curb, you are not allowed to drive over the footpath.

If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action may be taken to prevent such practice.

If your vehicle creates an obstruction and completely blocks an entrance, a PCN may be issued.

However, if the vehicle is not blocking an entrance and the car is taxed and insured and not violating parking restrictions, local authorities cannot take action.

If a vehicle is parked in front of a driveway for an extended period of time and without tax for more than a month, local authorities can then take action.

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