What do I do if someone parks in my driveway?

Finding someone else’s car blocking your driveway is a frustrating inconvenience. Here are your rights if someone parks their car in your driveway

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What to do if someone parks in front of your driveway and what the road traffic regulations require

Returning home after a long day to find someone else’s car is blocking your driveway is definitely not optimal. It’s even more annoying when you don’t know the owner of the vehicle.

Even if you know the owner Carit can be awkward for some people to confront bad parkers about such problems and solve them.

However, the traffic regulations highlights certain conditions under which a car parked in front of a property must be moved.
But do the rules apply to a car blocking your driveway? Here’s what you need to know about your rights in this situation.

There are some steps you can take if your driveway is blocked by someone else’s car


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What rights do I have if someone parks in front of my house?

Parking in someone’s driveway is not illegal, but discouraged under the Highway Code


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Under Rule 243 of the Highway Code, people are asked not to stop “in front of an entrance to a property”.

The rule highlights 12 places you shouldn’t stop or park your car, including in front of a property, meaning someone parked their car in your driveway would be breaking the rule.

However, the wording is designed to mark what is against the law and what is merely discouraged.

The rule for parking in someone else’s driveway is written as “nothing” rather than “you mustn’t,” meaning the reckless act isn’t actually against any laws.

Another rule of the Highway Code, Rule 244, states that you must not park on the pavement in London, nor should you park anywhere else, unless the signs allow it.

New penalties will be introduced soon that might see Motorists had to pay £70 for pavement parking. These fines also apply to cars not parked on double yellow lines.

What can I do if a car is blocking my driveway?

Attempt to resolve the issue peacefully by contacting the owner to remove the vehicle from your driveway


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If a person has Your car parked in your driveway and blocked youthere are several steps you can take without immediately jumping to confrontation.

First, make sure that the space outside your home is meant for you. If not, then other residents have just as much right to park in front of your house.

If it is your allocated space, a peaceful solution would be to contact the owner or Leave a polite note on the windshield asking them to remove the vehicle.

The Metropolitan Police explained that people may not always realize they caused a problem by parking where they did.

Otherwise, they recommend contacting your local council to resolve the issue.

It can become a police matter if someone blocks your driveway and prevents you from getting out of your vehicle – this could be classed as anti-social behaviour.

Disruptive parking in your driveway itself may be considered trespassing if done without your permission. However, this is more of a civil than a police matter. So if you find this happening frequently to the same vehicle, contact Citizens Advice or an attorney to find a solution.

In the meantime, it’s also important to be aware of a loophole in the law that allows cars parked on private property to be exempt from intervention by council officials.

These vehicles may be removed if police suspect they have been abandoned. However, if the car has a valid MOT, is taxed and insured, and is not in a dangerous condition, there is very little the police or local government can do to remove it.

What do I do if someone parks in my driveway?

Improper parking is a criminal offense if the vehicle is parked in zigzag lines, parked “dangerously” or in such a way that emergency vehicles cannot get through. In this case you can file a report with the police.

Bad parkers who stopped their car over a lowered curb, on a pedestrian crossing, in marked taxi ranks, bike lanes, or red lines; near school entrances, bus or tram stops, or in areas reserved for blue badge holders, residents or motorcycles (unless permitted) you should report to your local council.

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