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Car Park Height Barriers

Car Park Height Barriers

Car park height barriers are an important safety feature in many car parks. They are designed to prevent vehicles that are too tall from entering the car park, which can help to prevent damage to the facility and the vehicles inside.


Height restriction barriers, typically constructed from durable metal, serve as effective solutions for managing vehicle access in busy car parks. Installed at entry and exit points, they prevent the entry of unauthorised large vehicles like HGVs and caravans, which often disrupt parking and inconvenience motorists.

The presence of these barriers warns drivers that the area is restricted to smaller vehicles only, discouraging large vehicle entry and minimising potential damage or congestion. This proactive approach not only enhances the parking experience for visitors but also reduces litter accumulation and associated cleanup costs for the car park owner.

Moreover, height restriction barriers are quick and easy to install, offering a long-term security solution to safeguard the premises and ensure smooth parking operations.

Installing a height restriction barrier at the entrance to your parking lot has several advantages, including:

* Deters larger vehicles like HGVs. LGVs, Motorhomes and Caravans.

* Restricts unauthorised vehicular access.

* Can be used in a variety of areas including staff car parks, business parks, warehouses, multi-storey car parks, retail parks, railway station, and underground car parks.

* Improves traffic flow through a car park, which can aid pedestrian safety.

* Can be combined with an additional swing gate, giving the ability to lock the car park off to all vehicles if required.

* Can be fitted with an array of signage and accessories to make the height restriction barrier suitable for your car park.

Our height restriction barriers are hinged so that when access is required by higher sided vehicles, they can be opened and the top arms swung into the car park to allow access. In addition, if necessary, additional posts can be used to lock the tops in the open position.

Our products are available in two versions, one that is manufactured entirely from box section and the other that is manufactured from circular hollow section for the uprights and rectangular hollow section for the top rails. Both swinging and fixed versions are available, with either single-leaf or double-leaf openings provided for the swinging version.

It is common for height barriers to be installed in front of underpasses, covered bridges, drive-throughs, parking garage entrances, and above-ground parking garages. There is usually an indication of the maximum height on the barrier or on a sign nearby.

Here is some advice provided by the HSE regarding Height Restriction Barriers in Car Parks

Swinging barriers are commonly found in retail parking lots and many other establishments. It is possible for accidents to occur, including fatalities.

As a general rule, a barrier consists of a horizontal bar (sometimes two depending on the width of the opening) hinged to a vertical post. For the purpose of granting or denying access to a parking lot, the horizontal bar is manually moved.

Occasionally, accidents have occurred when barriers are not properly secured, resulting in a partial opening and the protruding end profile impaling an oncoming vehicle. The end profile of the barrier may not be visible to an approaching driver. There have also been instances in which the barrier has struck an oncoming vehicle when it has swung into its path.

There are a number of reasons why an unsecured barrier may swing open, including wind, gravity, and vandalism.

We remind users of their responsibilities regarding the safe use of such barriers in the following paragraphs.

* Identify potential hazards and take precautions to eliminate or control them by performing an appropriate risk assessment.

* To determine whether it is possible to eliminate the risk where horizontal swing barriers are in use, review existing risk assessments. For the prevention of vandalism, horizontal swing barriers must be locked open or closed by human intervention. It is also possible for them to be damaged by vandals, resulting in an unsafe situation.

* In order to prevent vehicles from accidentally driving into the barriers, paint or mark them with alternate bands of adequate width, so that they will be clearly visible.

* Inspect the security and visibility aspects on a regular basis to ensure that they have not deteriorated.

* Ensure that the barriers are maintained.

* In the event that your risk assessment indicates that the requirements for security and visibility are inadequate, consult with your supplier.

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