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Nuisance parking

You may be fined if you park on verges, pavements, park obstructively, park across driveways or abandon a vehicle.

There are many forms of parking which determine a vehicle to be considered as a 'nuisance vehicle' including:

Obstructive parking

In many cases, if a vehicle is found to be parked in contravention of a local parking regulation, Bedford Borough Council Parking Services can assist by issuing a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

However, if a vehicle is parked in such manner where the need of its removal is required, then you may contact the Police who will arrange the removal of the vehicle. This action is at the full discretion of the Police Authority.

Parking across driveways (dropped kerbs)

We have the power to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to those vehicles parked on dropped kerbs, whether they be to residential premises or on the Highway (access kerbs for wheelchairs and pushchairs).

Please note that we will enforce dropped kerbs to residential properties at the request of the resident only. Only the police can remove the vehicle.

Parking on verges and pavements

We have the power to prevent parking on verges and pavements.

Parking on verges causes damage to the grassed areas making them difficult to maintain. Parking on pavements can cause damage but also causes an obstruction to pedestrians. Illegally parked vehicles cost 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.

We may issue a Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to help prevent persistent parking on verges and pavements.

When deciding on the importance of establishing verge/pavement 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.

Report nuisance parking

Abandoned vehicles

See information on what to do about abandoned vehicles here.

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