General Regulation XI - Motor Vehicles and Pedal Cycles
(Durham is a comparatively small city and the parking and garaging facilities which it offers are limited. The proportion of students to the total population is exceptionally high and the streets, for the most part, are exceptionally narrow. The University has neither the space nor the finance to enable it to make adequate provision for parking or garaging facilities for more than a very small proportion of students and staff. University policy is therefore to strongly discourage unnecessary usage of motor vehicles by students within the city, and to work towards restricting student parking to those students who exceptionally are required to have access to their own vehicle as part of their academic programme.)
*1. A student who keeps or uses a motor vehicle in Durham City must conform with the regulations for the parking of vehicles on University or College property which may be issued from time to time by the appropriate authorities.
*2. No student may leave a motor vehicle overnight on Palace Green or any other University or College car park without written permission from the appropriate University or College authority. It should be noted that limitations of space will normally make it impossible for the appropriate authorities to grant such permission except in a very small number of cases.
3. Every student of the University who lives within the designated area of Durham City and who keeps or causes to be kept for his/her use, any motor vehicle must obtain a University Motor Licence issued on the authority of the Deputy Warden on the written recommendation of the Head of their College or a duly appointed deputy.
i) A graduate living in College, or
ii) An undergraduate living in College accommodation who has exceptional individual special needs such as medical need or need related to academic work, or
iii) An undergraduate living in College who will use the vehicle for the agreed purposes of a University Department, or a University or College club or society.
iv) A student living out of College provided that no more than two licences will be issued to a single residential address. The issue of a licence will be subject to any other parking restrictions operating in the area in which the car will be parked or garaged.
Please note: an undergraduate student in his/her first year of study will not normally be eligible for the granting of a licence except in circumstances covered in (ii) above.
b) Applications for a licence must indicate what parking or garaging facilities are intended which shall be to the satisfaction of the Deputy Warden.
c) An application for a licence must be made no later than seven days after the vehicle being brought into the designated area. Once granted, a licence shall be valid until the end of the current academic year.
d) The issue of a licence will be conditional on the person to whom it is issued being able to provide relevant documentation to the Deputy Warden, to include a current insurance policy document, vehicle registration (VIN) document and driver’s licence.
e) The issue of a licence does not in itself constitute permission to park on any land controlled by the University for which a separate permit will be required. This includes Palace Green. Such permission will only be granted when a specific need is identified. Vehicles entering on to University property shall be subject to any additional regulations (eg wheel clamping) as are advertised from time to time.
f) Breaches of regulations may lead to the imposition by the relevant Head of College of fines not exceeding levels to be determined annually by Council for first and subsequent offences.
Note: The maximum fine for failing to licence your vehicle is £50 for a first offence and the maximum fine for any subsequent offence will be £100.
g) These regulations do not apply to the short-term hiring of motor vehicles or the receiving of driving instruction.
h) A student who intends to drive a group transport vehicle, or to tow a trailer as part of an activity organised through or by the University (including its Colleges, Departments and Student Organisations), must comply with relevant sections of the University Health and Safety Manual and meet the requirement for the Approval of Drivers.
i) For the purposes of the above sections:
ii) The “designated area of Durham City” will be defined from time to time and shall be specified areas within a 5-mile radius of Durham Cathedral, within which the Deputy Warden, in consultation with the President of DSU, deems it convenient to travel on foot or by public transport.
iii) Land controlled by the University and University property will be taken here to include land and property owned by the Recognised Colleges of St Chad’s and St John’s.
4. Interference with any barrier, bollard or sign on University property relating to the control of vehicle parking, or damage thereto, will be regarded as a breach of these regulations.
(a) Breaches of regulations may lead to the imposition by the appropriate University authority of fines not exceeding levels to be determined annually by Council for first and any subsequent offences.
(b) With respect to breaches of these regulations occurring on University property, such fines may be imposed before a wheel clamp is removed from the vehicle whose driver has not observed the University's parking regulations. Permission to bring a motor vehicle on to University or College property at any time may also be withdrawn temporarily or permanently.
Note: The maximum fine for a first offence other than a Residential Vehicle Licensing Offence will be £50 and the maximum fine for any subsequent offence will be £100.
6. Cycles brought onto University property must not be left in a position where they are likely to create a hazard, obstruct other vehicles or pedestrians, or access to buildings; nor must they be taken inside any University building. In the event of a breach of this regulation the University reserves the right to remove the offending cycle (including removal of any locking device) and to impose a fine not exceeding a level to be determined annually by Council upon the owner before he or she is again allowed to take possession of the cycle.
Note: The maximum fine will be £50.
7. For the purpose of the above sections "the appropriate authorities" shall be as prescribed from time to time by Council. Until further notice they shall be as follows:-
(a) For all College property: the Head of College concerned, or a duly appointed deputy.
(b) For all other University property: the Director of Estates and Buildings or his/her Deputy.
The above authorities may from time to time prescribe such additional regulations as they shall see fit for the control or the use or parking of motor vehicles in the areas for which they are responsible.
(c) In other cases: the City Liaison Officer or, in his or her absence, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
*Separate regulations on motor vehicles and pedal cycles apply to students at the Queen's Campus, Stockton.