Is it illegal to park in someone’s driveway who doesn’t have a lowered curb?

PARKING Disputes are the order of the day as parking spaces become a rare commodity knowing your rights are important.

Homeowners are particularly resentful of cars blocking access to their driveway, we are further investigating whether this is illegal.

For most road users, parking rules are a gray area


For most road users, parking rules are a gray areaCredit: Alamy

Is it illegal to park across the driveway unless there is a lowered curb?

Unless there is a lowered curb, it is not illegal to park on the other side of the driveway.

According to RED Driver Training, parking over someone’s driveway if there’s a lowered curb is illegal – not that you’re blocking access.

Parking over a dropped curb – or even slightly covering it – could land you with three points on your driving license and a £100 fine.

Some roads in the UK are a real hotspot for motorists being fined.

That means you can actually park in someone’s driveway and not break any driving rules.

Because it’s private land, it’s a civil matter — meaning the authorities can’t intervene.

Of course, it’s not a good idea to park in someone’s driveway as it could annoy your neighbors and limit access to and from their home.

What does a lowered curb mean?

A lowered curb saw the sidewalk flattened to match street level.

Also known as a crossover, it allows cars to drive across the sidewalk for easy access from the street into their driveway.

You can’t just set one up – you have to apply for one and we explain how to do that below.

How do I get a lowered curb in front of my house?

You must apply to your local council to have a lowered curb installed in front of your home.

You can find out who your community is on the website.

Setting a lowered curb without requesting it can result in a fine.

As The Sun reviewed how much you could be charged, some councils including Waltham Forest said you could be fined up to £1,000.

Here’s a £1,000 fine that could land you this winter – and it’s a number plate error.

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