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Is it illegal to park across the driveway and can people park in front of your house? – The Irish sun

PARKING on the street can be a chore, especially if you live on a busy street or during rush hour traffic.

Ideally you will find a place in front of your house to park your car safely, but can other people park in front of your house?

Cars can block your driveway without legal consequences

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Cars can block your driveway without legal consequences

Are you entitled to the parking space in front of your house?

Your neighbors may try to give you the space in front of your house as a courtesy, but this is not a legal requirement.

It is not “your right” to park in front of your house – unless you have a designated parking space.

As tempting as it may be, you also mustn’t save “your” space with a bag.

Leaving something on the street can be considered a disability and is against the law unless you have permission from the city government.

Unless your street is regulated by resident parking permits, any citizen can park there – as long as they comply with the restrictions and do not cause any obstruction.

If your street uses permits, anyone with the right permit can park anywhere in the appropriate zone.

There is also no law about how long someone can park in the same lot unless police believe the car has been abandoned.

Even if neighbors take a spot on the street, if they have a clean driveway that they don’t use, they’re doing absolutely nothing wrong in the eyes of the law—even if they deny you access to that much-needed last spot.

However, it is illegal to park directly in front of a school, on the zigzag lines to a pedestrian crossing and in designated marked bays for which you do not have a permit.

Is it forbidden to park across from someone?

Having someone block your driveway is not technically illegal, although it might feel like it should be.

However, if their bike is above the lowered curb, they commit a parking violation.

There are two types of dropped curbs: those for pedestrians, particularly those with strollers or wheelchairs, and those for motorists to access driveways.

Vehicles parked over lowered curbs can be ticketed even if they don’t completely block them.

Parking in close proximity to a dropped curb or directly across from it is not illegal, even if it restricts access.

In the rare event that someone blocks your driveway and won’t leave, you can call the police and report it as antisocial behavior.

This can lead to arrest and punishment.

Is it illegal for someone to park in your driveway?

A strange legal loophole means Anyone can park in your driveway – and there isn’t much you can do about it.

There have been a number of cases in the UK where homeowners have been stuck in their driveway with a stranger’s car, only to be told that neither the police nor local authorities have the authority to move it.

When a stranger parks in your driveway, a problem arises when the line between criminal and civil law is blurred.

When a car is parked on a public road blocking your driveway, Local authorities certainly have the power to impose a fine.

But once the car pulls into your driveway, it’s technically on private property – and local governments don’t have jurisdiction.

Municipalities are required to remove abandoned cars from both public and private property, but if the car in question is taxed and insured, has a valid MOT and is not in a dangerous condition, they are unlikely to keep it on private land touch.

The police will confirm that the car is technically unauthorized, but they will classify it as a civil offense, which drops it way down their priority list and means you would need an eviction notice from the courts.

Jack Cousens, the AA’s head of road transport policy, said: “Bizarrely, the system seems to favor the offender over the victim in this case.

“Because the crime of trespassing is a civil matter the police cannot intervene and as the vehicle is on private property the Council cannot help either.

“So the only options homeowners have to get back what’s rightfully theirs are costing both time and money.”

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/446507/street-driveway-parking-law-rights/ Is it illegal to park across the driveway and can people park in front of your house? – The Irish sun

Fry Electronics Team

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