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Damaged verges

Reported in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 10:57, Tuesday 9 July 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

The verges are significantly churned up as a result of parking on the grass. Thesw phos were taken on a sunny day days after rain. Can better parking and bolards been installed?

Ref: 850218

Council ref: ENQ19837475

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:00, Tuesday 9 July 2019

  • It is not an offence in law to park a motor vehicle, other than an HGV, on a grass verge unless it causes an obstruction or a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or byelaw is in force prohibiting it.

    Whilst there is no blanket prohibition on parking on verges, a particular incident of verge parking may be considered dangerous or obstructive or cause damage and may constitute a criminal offence under one or other of the following statutory provisions: -

    •Section 28 Town Police Clauses Act 1847 - wilfully causing an obstruction to any public footpath or public thoroughfare.
    •Regulation 103 Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 - vehicles causing unnecessary obstruction of the road (including verge).
    •Section 22 Road Traffic Act 1988 - leaving vehicles in a dangerous position on the road (including verge).
    •Section 137 Highways Act 1980 wilful obstruction of the free passage along a highway.
    •Section 72 Highways Act 1835 - driving on any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers.
    •Section 131(1)(c) Highways Act 1980 - deposits anything whatsoever on a highway so it would damage the highway

    Allegations concerning any of the above possible offences would be a matter for the police to investigate and enforce rather than the traffic authority, on this basis I regret that I am unable to install the signage that you have requested.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:20, Wednesday

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