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Road Markings for Vehicle Crossings / H Bar Road Markings

H bar markings are an advisory road marking placed across a vehicular crossing where the kerb has been dropped to permit vehicular access between an off street parking place on a drive or private parking area and the Public Highway The marking is to inform drivers that the access should be kept clear. Parking very close to a dropped kerb or opposite is not illegal even if it restricts or impedes access. Unfortunately we cannot deal with these cases.

H bar markings are not intended to resolve neighbour disputes as they have no formal status in law. The markings are deemed to be appropriate adjacent to schools, offices and shops or any premises which attract drivers from a wider area and will therefore not normally be considered for exclusively residential areas.

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What is a 'H' Bar road marking?

It is a road marking, shaped like an elongated H that is placed across a vehicular access or driveway. It is used to remind drivers that it is illegal to park in front of dropped kerb vehicular access points.

Please note that this does not mean that all dropped kerb driveways are eligible to be highlighted with an advisory white H line.

How long can the marking be?

The marking is only intended to define the width of the driveway, and are normally marked between the top of each drop kerb either side of the driveway.

Can I use the 'H' bar to reserve a parking space for my own vehicle?

The marking is provided solely to highlight the presence of a driveway. If you park your own vehicle there, it devalues the meaning of the marking, and shows to other drivers that you do not need access to the driveway. H bars which are continually parked over by the resident could be removed.

Can they be legally enforced?

'H' bars are a nationally recognised marking, and give West Midlands Police additional evidence to allow them to issue a fixed penalty notice for obstruction. Please note that, for enforcement, the presence of a white H bar is not necessary because the law is being broken every time parking takes place across any dropped kerb driveway. The enforcement of obstruction of dropped kerb access remains with the Police.

Dudley's own Parking Attendants do not have the power to issue penalty notices for obstruction.

Who can apply for one?

Residents who live next to a building open to the public or leisure facility (e.g a Doctor’s Surgery, school, religious establishmentsleisure centre or park), subject to a vehicle crossing being in place, and the marking not conflicting with other road markings (e.g pedestrian crossing zigzag lines) or within 15 metres of Traffic Lights.

If the dropped kerb extends across two vehicular entrances, verifiable consent will be required from the neighbours.

Markings will not be provided on the opposite side of the carriageway, outside another resident’s property or directly adjacent to the applicants drop crossing.

To apply for a white H bar, please contact us using the details below.

How much will it cost?

A fee is associated with an advisory white H bar the applicant is responsible for the full cost of the application.

Can an Existing H Mark be extended?

An extension to an existing H bar can only be made where the dropped kerb has been widened. The cost for such an extension will be applied to ALL applicants.

Contact Details

Name: Dudley Council Plus
Address: 259, Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1LQ

Telephone 0300 555 2345
Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm,  and Saturday  9.00 am to 12.00 noon
Please note that the offices are closed during Bank Holidays
Contact: General Contact Form