Driving/Stopping on a Verge or Central Reservation

It is an offence to either drive or be stationary on the Central Reservation or Verge of a motorway.

The Verge of a motorway, is any part of it that is not either the carriageway (i.e. part of the road that is normally driven on) or the hard shoulder.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for offences relating to driving/stopping on a motorway Verge or Central Reservation?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for offences relating to driving/stopping on the Verge or Central Reservation of a motorway.


Fine up to £2,500, 3 penalty points and discretionary disqualification from driving.


There are exceptions which mean it is permissible to stop, such as a breakdown, an accident, a sudden illness or needing to move an object that has fallen onto the road. You must, however, only stop for as long as is absolutely necessary and any longer will be committing the offence. If you face an allegation in relation to driving or stopping inappropriately on a motorway and you are unsure of your position, we advise you contact us to take specialist legal advice.

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