UPDATED advice has been given to residents facing a nightmare of blocked driveways.
Certain conditions under the Highway Code mean that a car must be moved if it is blocking a driveway. But what are your rights?
What to do when someone park in front of your driveway under the Highway Code?
In the UK, it is illegal to park on the sidewalk only in London.
However, new penalties that will be imposed in the coming months can be seen Driver fined £70 for parking on sidewalk.
Under the new scheme, motorists will be fined even if they don’t ride on two yellow lines.
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 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 direction.
The wording in the guide is intentional as it determines what is against the law and what is simply recommended against.
Meanwhile, 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 police suspect it has been abandoned, but if the vehicle has a valid MOT certificate, is taxed and insured, and is not in a dangerous condition, the police or union copper can do very little.
What are your benefits?
Residents can take some safety steps if a person is blocking your driveway.
They should first check that the space outside their house is designated for parking – if not, the resident has the right to park there.
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 recommends 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.”
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