Driveway Protection Marking
Driveway Protection Markings (also known as H-bars) are advisory
road markings which are denoted by a solid white line with end bars
situated in front of a driveway.
These road markings are designed to make motorists aware that
there is dropped kerb or vehicular access point in that section of
H-bar road markings are advisory road markings
and have no legal status for parking enforcement to be carried out.
However, it is an offence to park in front of dropped kerbs. If a
vehicle blocks a driveway, the resident can request parking
enforcement, by contacting Bedford Parking Service on 01234 718359.
The enforcement officer will then visit the site and issue a
Penalty Charge Notice for the offence (subject to available
Requesting an H-Bar
Bedford Borough Council charges for the
provision of carrying out assessments and undertaking of the
necessary works involved with installing an H-Bar road marking.
An application must be made to the Council for
this facility. In order for us to consider an application, your
property must have an existing dropped kerb and
drive way which leads to a place to where a vehicle can be stored
off the public highway.
The costs for the service are detailed below:
£88.80 (non refundable)
H-bar assessment for Blue Badge Holders
Free of charge
H-bar road marking (all applications)
PLEASE NOTE: Applications for Blue Badge
holders are exempt of the assessment fee. However, the Blue Badge
holder must reside at the dwelling to where the road marking is to
be instated. In addition, consent for us to liaise with the issuing
authority of the badge must be given
To request an H-bar application, please contact the Highways
Helpdesk whom will send out an application to you. This can either
be done over the phone by dialling 01234 718003 or
by email to: email@example.com
An assessment will be carried out within 10
working days of the receipt of the completed application together
with the appropriate fee.
We must be satisfied that the
vehicle is to be stored off the public highway. If this cannot be
demonstrated, the application will be refused.
After the inspection, we will write to you to
advise whether your application was successful. If successful, we
will send you a form requesting your consent to carry out the works
and a request for payment for the marking.
Installation of the road
Following receipt of your payment, we will
endeavour to complete the works within two months. This is subject
to the working conditions being appropriate i.e. weather conditions
and providing the area is clear of parked vehicles.
Bedford Borough Council will be responsible
for all future maintenance of the H-bar. (Please note that the
H-bar marking cannot be relocated and would be subject to a new