“Can I park on a grassy edge?” Rules explained amid £ 1million bid to tackle city driving problems


Parking in Birmingham can sometimes be a joke – and no fun if a thoughtless driver drops their car onto a curb or sidewalk in front of your house.

BirminghamLive has covered countless examples of crazy parking where motorists have abandoned their vehicles, whether they are blocking driveways or reducing roads to single lane roads.

But what are the rules on parking – and how much can you be fined?

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It is perfectly legal to park on an unrestricted edge of grass, but it is widely discouraged by advice and Sandwell advice says drivers could be prosecuted for causing damage.

And anyone parking on an edge where there are double yellow lines is liable to a fine for having violated the parking restriction. Needless to say, it is also an offense to drive on the pavement.

In Birmingham, parking fines are set at £ 50 for so-called ‘low level tickets’, such as an expired sales receipt, with the sum reduced to £ 25 if paid within two weeks.

‘Higher level tickets’, such as parking on double yellow lines, carry a fine of £ 70, reduced to £ 35 if paid within 14 days.

If a path next to the yellow lines is blocked by a parked vehicle, you can report it to the town hall or to the police.

Birmingham City Council has announced a £ 1million pot to tackle issues such as sidewalk parking and shoulder protection. Communities could receive relatively small sums for initiatives such as installing roadside planters to discourage parking.



BrumWish 2021 aims to deliver thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, children in care and children with little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – as we’ve partnered with our # Toys4Birmingham partners including Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Three days of giving, held at Edgbaston to receive new and nearly new gifts of gifts and books, are now over.

You can purchase a gift from Amazon’s #Brumwish Wishlist here.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charitable partner to be used to fill in any gaps or purchase specialized toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to donate.

Urban transport boss Coun Waseem Zaffar said: “Whether it’s stopping anti-social parking on sidewalks, stopping dangerous speeding or protecting grassy shoulders, this fund will enable the Birmingham City Council to make the improvements that residents want to see.

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“Across town, residents are fed up with anti-social parking on their roads. We have to be clear on this: sidewalks are for people and not for cars.

The approval of the recommendation for the fund will take place on December 14.

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