A crossing across a public footpath or verge for your vehicle to get to your property from the road is known as a 'dropped kerb', ‘crossover’ or ‘vehicle crossing’. It must be built to specific standards, approved by the City Council as the local Highway Authority, and in some cases planning permission is needed.
Note: It is wise to ascertain whether you are likely to be granted permission for a dropped crossing before developing your forecourt.
A vehicular crossing is an area of strengthened, lowered footway and kerb which is used to give access to vehicles from a road, across the footway and onto a driveway or parking area. It is an offence under Section 184 of the Highways Act 1980, to cross a kerb, verge or footway in a motor vehicle except at a crossing point that has been approved by the Council.
The Domestic Vehicle Footway Crossing Policy, approved by Council Cabinet in January 2016, looks to achieve the following objectives:
The policy ensures that the location and use of vehicle access and dropped kerbs are safe and that they are made to appropriate standards and specifications.