Decision details

Light Duty Vehicle Crossings Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration was given to a report of the Executive Director, Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods, which sought approval to formalise the Council’s procedures for assessing Light Duty Vehicle Crossing applications and to ensure that they are assessed in a consistent and fair manner.

It is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle over the kerb and across the footway (pavement) in order to gain access to premises where there is no dropped crossing to allow this.

Under Section 184 of the Highways Act 1980, a person may apply to the Highway Authority (Oldham Council) for a Light Duty Vehicle Crossing to enable them to lawfully access their property and it is at the discretion of the Highways Authority as to whether such a crossing should be allowed.

If the policy was agreed it would specify how the Council would deal with applications for the provision of or widening of Light Duty Vehicle Crossings to a single dwelling, commonly known as dropped kerbs or dropped crossings and the policy would:

·       Meet legal and planning requirements

·       Ensure the Council deals with requests in a consistent manner

·       Ensure construction quality and safety of vehicle dropped crossings.

Options/alternatives considered

Option 1 – Approve the policy enabling all applications to be assessed in a fair manner, ensuring safety and formalising appeals process for applications.

Option 2 – Retain existing practices and work to no policy.


RESOLVED – That the new Light Duty Vehicles Crossings Policy be approved.

Publication date: 27/03/2018

Date of decision: 26/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 26/03/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 04/04/2018

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