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Parking on Verges

Illegally parked vehicles cost the Council thousands of pounds each year in repairing damage to paving and to grass verges. These vehicles also cause serious problems for pedestrians, particularly blind, disabled and older people which may result in them having to step off the footway onto the road thus putting themselves in danger.

 

Bedford Borough Council has powers available to prevent parking on verges and footways. The Council will consider enacting these powers to help prevent persistent parking on verges and footways by issuing fixed penalty notices.

 

The following criteria will be used when considering the enforcement of parking on verges and footways:

 

  1. All local Ward Councillors support the introduction of verge enforcement at any proposed location. Without this support there should be no implementation of verge parking restrictions;
  2. There is clear evidence to the Council that verge and footway parking is affecting the safety of pedestrians;
    and/or
  3. There is extensive physical damage to the footway or verge making it difficult to maintain;
    and/or
  4. There is damage to services, such as cables in the verge;
    and/or
  5. There is a recommendation from the Police, Fire Service or Ambulance Service that the street be subject to unlawful verge parking enforcement.

 

When deciding on the importance of establishing verge / footway parking prevention, the following criteria will be considered: 

 

There is adequate alternative parking available (either on or off-street) in the vicinity. It must be demonstrated that there will not be a worse problem caused by displaced parking.

There is a recommendation from the Police, Fire service or Ambulance Service that the street be subject to unlawful verge parking enforcement;

Roads which are bus routes or busy routes for traffic will be given a higher consideration.

 

The following steps will be taken to introduce enforcement in those streets which have been designated for no verge / footway parking: 

 

  1. Prior to commencement of enforcement there will be a single issue of a leaflet to all households in the selected street to advise of the unlawfulness of verge / footway parking and the Council’s intention to introduce enforcement.
  2. The Borough Council will erect signs to enable enforcement to take place
  3. The Borough Council will undertake enforcement by issuing fixed penalty notices

 

For further information please contact

Mail:     Highways Helpdesk

             Customer Service Centre

             2 Horne Lane

             Bedford

             MK40 1RA


Tel: (01234) 718003
Email: highways.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk

 

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