Can I park on……
Many people think it is illegal to park on the pavement. The pavement and the road are actually both part of the ‘Highway’ and offences relating to parking usually relate to whether a vehicle is obstructing the ‘Highway’ or is parked where there are restrictions in place such as single/double yellow lines or local authority imposed restriction such as ‘residents only’ parking. Vehicles can therefore park on the pavement providing they allow enough space (approx. 1.2m) for a double buggy, mobility scooter or wheelchair to pass. If insufficient space has been left then the vehicle is causing an obstruction and likely to receive a £30 fixed penalty notice from the Police.
If you are concerned a vehicle is causing an obstruction you should contact the Police on 101 providing the location, vehicle details (make & model) and registration number.
Single and double yellow lines are enforced by Solihull Council Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s).
Double yellow lines – You must not park or wait on double yellow lines. If at least 50% of your vehicle is on double yellow lines then you are likely to receive a parking ticket. If, however, you are in the process of unloading goods / people to or from a vehicle you may park for this purpose. You must, however, be unloading constantly (i.e. you cannot park, remove an item and leave your vehicle parked there). You may also park is you are displaying a valid Disabled Persons Badge, providing the badge holder is the person leaving the vehicle. You must not simply have the badge holder with you to enable you to park on double yellow lines. This could mean that the disables badge may be seized and revoked.
Single yellow lines – You are able to park on single yellow lines at certain times and should always look out for the restriction times which are usually attached to nearby lamp posts.
Please Note: All yellow lines cover the road and pavement so vehicles should refrain from parking on a wide pavement area, believing that because they are not causing an obstruction they are ok to park there. Remember single and double yellow lines cover the highway (road and pavement).
All parking restrictions are now covered by the Council’s Civil Parking Enforcement powers and motorists may be issued with a £70 Penalty Charge.
Pedestrian Crossing Zig Zag Lines
Vehicles must not park on the Zig Zag lines before and after Pedestrian Crossings. Council Civil Parking Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are able enforce zig zags on a pedestrian crossing as an instant penalty charge notice (PCN) providing either two tyres or four tyres are in contact with the carriageway surface of the zig zags. CEOs are also authorised to enforce parking on zig zags even when a vehicle is parked with all four tyres on the pavement next to the zig zags. The Police are also able to issue a ticket for causing an unnecessary obstruction.
Red Lines (Red Route)?
No vehicles must stop on a red route at ANY time, again this includes the footpath. They are enforced by Solihull Council Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s). If a vehicle is however also causing an obstruction the Police are likely to issue a fixed penalty notice and if the vehicle is deemed to be in a dangerous position / location may also decide to seize the vehicle, ultimately at the motorists cost, including daily storage costs
If you are concerned a vehicle is parked in a restricted area please report it to Solihull Council’s Parking Services team either by clicking HERE or by calling 0121 704 8004 advising make, model and the registration number of the vehicle.
Other Parking Restrictions
There are other types of Parking Restrictions such as Residents Permit Zones, Control Streets or Limited Waiting time e.g. 1 hour no return within 1 hour operating in Solihull. Make sure you understand the restrictions before leaving your vehicle.
Dropped kerbs are to allow motorists to gain access to drive ways, building entrances and also to allow wheelchair / mobility scooter users to cross the road safely. You may also have noticed that some have dimples which are to assist those with a visual impairment to know they are at a defined crossing location. Anyone obstructing a dropped kerb is likely to receive a £30 fixed penalty notice from the Police.
If you are concerned a vehicle is causing an obstruction you should contact the Police on 101 advising the make, model and registration number of the vehicle.
Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s)?
Some roads in Solihull have other types of traffic regulations in force. These restrictions help to control the movement of traffic and have been introduced to help manage traffic speed, volume and to improve the environment for local residents. Typical examples include speed limits, No Entry, No Right Turn and Weight Restrictions.
The sign pictured relates to the Prohibition of Motor Vehicle Restriction except for access. These signs / restrictions can been seen at the entrance to various streets within Solihull. Motorists should only drive into a restricted zone if they live in the road, are visiting or delivering within the road. The offence is committed as soon as a motorists drives past the signs. This is classed as a moving traffic offence and may result in a £50 fixed penalty notice from the police.
If you believe a vehicle is contravening a moving traffic order in a restricted road you should contact the Police on 101 providing the location, vehicle details (make and model) and registration number.
Disability Badges (Blue Badge)
Motorists with a disability (blue) badge are able to park on single and double yellow lines, however they must not obstruct the highway or park where there is a parking restriction such as ‘residential parking only’. Disability Badges must NOT be used to enable other family members to park easily / closer to shops and other amenities. They can only be used by the badge holder i.e. it must be the badge holder that is leaving the vehicle and not simply in the vehicle to allow others to park closer to a location. Failure to abide by the rules is likely to result in the badge being seized.
If you come across a vehicle that you believe may have been abandoned you can check whether it has current road tax and a valid mot certificate by clicking HERE If this advises that the vehicle is not road legal you can report it as abandoned to Solihull Council by clicking HERE where further checks will be carried and where applicable liaison with the Police. If the vehicle is then deemed as abandoned it will be recovered by the council.
You can also download a copy of the above by clicking HERE