A rule of the High Streets Code could result in motorists being fined £100 if they park in common areas.
Motorists have been warned never to stop or park near a school gate, bus stop, taxi stand or in front of the entrance to a property.
Rules 238 to 252 all deal with waiting and parking, including nighttime parking rules and defined parking enforcement.
Rule 243 of the Highway Code states that people must not stop ‘before the entrance to a building’.
However, this is only relevant to whether the vehicle is still blocking the road or not.
The emphasis on no instead of ‘you are not allowed’ means that the rules are not legally binding as in most places the sidewalk parking ban is enforced by the local council .
The wording in the guide is intentional as it determines what is against the law and what is simply recommended against.
However, experts have also discovered a legal loophole that means any vehicle parked on private property is exempt from council intervention.
It can be removed if the police suspect it has been abandoned, but if the vehicle has a valid MOT license, is taxed and insured and is not in a dangerous condition then the police or council can do very little.
Meanwhile, Rule 141 of the Highway Code states: “Bus lanes are represented by road markings and signs indicating (if any) other vehicles are allowed to use the lane. for buses.
“Unless otherwise indicated, you should not drive in a bus lane during operating hours.
“You may enter the bus lane to stop, to load or unload where it is not prohibited.”
Parking is not allowed in the bus lane even if the Blue Badge (Disabled) is displayed.
If you use the bus lane improperly, you could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN), which can often be up to £100.
If you are on the other end of the stick and someone else is blocking your driveway, there are a few safe steps a Resident can take to move their vehicle.
They should first check that the space outside their home is designated for parking – if not, residents have just as much right to park there as you do.
However, if it is a designated space for a particular property then you can find a peaceful solution by trying to contact the owner or politely leaving a note on the windshield.
Otherwise, the Met Police recommend contacting your local council.
They say: “If someone has blocked your driveway so you can’t drive in, we appreciate how frustrating this can be.
“If you can’t find the owner of the vehicle, we’d recommend politely asking them to move it first. If you can’t find them, try leaving a note on the windshield. their.
“Ultimately, they may not realize they’ve caused the problem.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8487015/highway-code-warning-park-common-areas/ Highway Code warning as motorists are told not to park in common areas or risk a £100 fine