Request an H bar road marking
H bar markings are white lines that are marked on the road in-front of access areas. The lines highlight to other road users that they shouldn't block access to off-road parking areas such as driveways and garages.Apply for an H bar marking >>
The applications costs £60.70 which is non-refundable. This covers a site visit, inspection and agreeing or rejecting the application.
If your application is rejected, you will not be reimbursed this charge. You should therefore seriously consider whether an H bar marking (read full policy) (PDF 160.4KB) is really necessary.
If you application is approved, there is a further £60 installation charge.
You will need to provide photographic evidence of either:
- vehicles continually obstructing vehicle access crossing
- visibility problems for vehicles exiting property
- commuter parking
Application approved - what happens next?
If your application is approved, we will charge £60 for full installation.
New H bar markings will be installed when other road marking works are planned to take place in the same locality. There may be a short delay between accepting your application and the H bar being installed.
During the winter, there may be delays due to daytime temperatures being too low for painting white lining.
When the H bar marking is in place, it will be maintained by the council and will be repainted at the same time as other road markings in your road.
Can I park on it outside my property?
The marking is provided solely to highlight the presence of your driveway to others who are looking to park on the street.
If you park in the H bar marking across your driveway, then it devalues the meaning of the marking. It may also show to other drivers that you do not need access to your driveway.
You could of course also be issued with a fixed penalty notice.
Can they be legally enforced?
The purpose of an H bar marking is to provide a reminder that parking across a dropped kerb driveway causes an obstruction to people wishing to access or leave a property by vehicle.
Creating such an obstruction on the public highway is an offence and the Police or Central Bedfordshire Council’s Civil Enforcement Team can issue fixed penalty notices.