Keep Clear Markings

A General Guide


Policy for Keep Clear Markings at Private Accesses 

(i) Keep Clear markings for single or dual accesses will consist of a single white line equal in length, and corresponding with, the actual vehicle opening for which it is intended.  No written legend will be permitted.

(ii) Keep Clear markings for single or dual accesses will only be permitted immediately adjacent to the vehicle opening for which it is intended.  Markings opposite the entrance will not be permitted.

(iii) Where two properties share a common access, or where two accesses form a single continuous access, a single white line across both accesses only will be permitted.  Written permission will be required from both properties before the marking can be authorised.  Cost of covering both accesses will be the same as for a single access.

(iv) Cost of Keep Clear markings will be £269 per access (including a dual access – see (iii) above).

(v) Where existing Keep Clear markings for private accesses are refurbished, a white line corresponding to the existing marking will be retained, but the written legend will be omitted.

(vi) The legend `Keep Clear’ may be considered in the following cases:

(a) where a single entrance serves multiple properties (does not include adjacent driveways)

(b) to provide access to a commercial premises

(c) to keep parked vehicles clear of a pedestrian drop kerb

(d) at a private access where the applicant is a disabled badge holder

(e) for road safety reasons, pending the installation of waiting restrictions.


School Keep Clear Markings (a general guide)


Inconsiderate parking by parents delivering and collecting their children to and from school is a widespread problem and one which is particularly intractable. Parents rarely leave or move far from their vehicles and in these circumstances conventional parking restrictions may have little or no effect

The purpose of providing School Keep Clear markings is to keep the space outside of schools free from parked vehicles so that children can be seen more easily when crossing the road.


School Keep Clear markings were first prescribed in the 1964 Traffic Signs Regulations. At the time, they consisted of broken white lines forming a box containing the words "School Entrance".

The prescribed marking was then changed in 1975 to what we know today - a yellow zig-zag line projecting into the road with the words "School Keep Clear" between the zig-zags. This has proved effective in discouraging parking. The current markings arrangement has since been prescribed in all Traffic Signs Regulations.

Mandatory and enforceable restrictions were tried in experiments in the old London GLC area from 1975-1978, in Nottingham from 1980-1981 and in the London Borough of Croydon from 1988-1989. However, the ensuing results showed that the minority who disregard the advisory markings were not deterred by mandatory signing. Regular enforcement is therefore necessary to obtain any improvement. Enforcement is currently the responsibility of the Police and Bath & North East Somerset's Parking Attendants.

A vehicle parked on markings such as School Keep Clears is considered to be causing an obstruction. In practice however, evidence of obstruction would be necessary if prosecution were envisaged. Drivers are advised not to wait on such markings in the Highway Code.

Parents should know that it is in their child's interest that School Keep Clear markings are observed, and that children learn vital road safety skills by walking to school. For more advice please refer to Safer Routes to School.

The School Keep Clear Marking information has been reproduced by kind permission of Bristol City Council


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