A DAD was stunned after a stranger parked his Range Rover in his driveway and left it there for DAYS.
Zekarias Haile, 51, was stunned to discover the vehicle had been secretly hidden at the side of his home – without his permission.
The frustrated family were unable to access their garden or bins as the brazen driver blocked the driveway at their property in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
The 51-year-old’s home is a stone’s throw from Manchester Airport – leading him to believe the mystery motorist had flown out on holiday.
Zekarias suggested that the four-day agony that the Range Rover stayed on the road was the perfect time for a getaway.
Putting the luxury motor to the side of his home would have allowed the rude driver to swerve for expensive parking fees.
Zecarias told him Manchester evening news: “Someone parked the car there without my permission and they didn’t care.
“I just walked out and it was there. Then it was Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Monday morning when we woke up it was gone.”
The engineering lecturer reported the random Range Rover to the police, but was told parking without a permit was not a criminal offence.
Police said there was nothing they could do as Zekarias’ car was not blocked as he was forced to park it on the street.
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A strange legal loophole means anyone can park in your driveway as it is technically on private property and the local councils have no jurisdiction.
Officials must remove abandoned cars from both public and private property.
But if the engine in question is taxed and insured, has a valid MOT and isn’t in a dangerous condition, they’re unlikely to touch it on private property.
“I was very angry, but I refused to do anything with the car – just like that,” he fumed.
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“I definitely didn’t feel comfortable doing it. We couldn’t enter our garden and we couldn’t take out our bins.”
The father of two, who has lived in the area for 14 years, knows all too well that drivers leave their cars to save a few pounds in airport parking.
He explained that fraudulent parking companies are also a big problem in the area and speculated that they could also be responsible for the car being flattened in the driveway.
Zekarias continued: “A lady who was in the front when the car got out told me the driver was wearing a hi-vis jacket, so I think it was one of those companies.
“My concern now is that it will happen again because there was nothing I could do about it.
“There are rogue parking companies that claim they meet and greet and they just park in our area. It is an invasion of my private property.”
Some locals rent their drives to travelers for a fair deal – but Zekarias insisted he had no desire to lease his land.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed the incident was not a criminal offense but said homeowners could contact the council and take civil action.
They said in a statement: “As well as our own wide range of products, there are many well-known operators who serve Manchester Airport.
“We categorically do not condone the practices of rogue operators, including those that falsely imply that customers’ cars are parked in secure locations and whose activities are detrimental to surrounding communities.
“We have worked closely with the Council’s Trading Standards teams and Greater Manchester Police for many years to combat this and regularly speak to councilors and residents about their concerns.
“As passenger numbers continue to rise in the wake of the pandemic, we will maintain our position on this and work closely with Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.”
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