Is it against the law to park outside someone else’s house or on their driveway?

Is it against the law to park outside someone else’s house or on their driveway?

However, parking outside someone else’s property is not illegal and other motorists can legally stop a car wherever they like as long as they abide by road regulation. Everyone has a right to park where they live in the street as long as there are no double yellow lines painted over it. 

Motorists are not allowed to block someone’s driveway and local authorities could issue fines if a vehicle has parked over a dropped kerb. 

However, in a strange loophole, local authorities cannot intervene if a strangers vehicle is parked in someone else’s drive. 

This is because once the car moves onto a drive it is deemed to be sitting on private property and councils view it as a civil rather than criminal matter. 

Problem neighbours website has identified having a conversation about any concerns could be the best and only real way to solve the dispute. 

Having a friendly chat explaining why you would not like them to park in front of your house could amicably resolve the problem. 

Parking outside a house may not be completely illegal. However, motorists need to be careful they are parking on a kerb in some areas. 

They said: “If you are parking along a narrow road, where parking wholly on the road would stop other cars and particularly emergency vehicles from getting through, then it is a sensible option to park partially on a pavement, providing there are no parking restrictions and providing you are not blocking a wheelchair user or pram from using the pavement.”

“If there are restrictions or your parking would cause wheelchair users or people with prams to have to walk into the road, then you should find somewhere else to park.”

Last week it was revealed British motorists use handheld notes to complain about bad parking rather than have a face-to-face dispute. 

The heycar research found three in four people will refuse a face-to-face discussion over a parked vehicle, instead opting to issue small notes to neighbours. 

Severe examples prove motorists do not hold back their anger for examples of bad parking with one motorist branding a road user as having lazy parking. 

The note said: Don’t block the pavement with your car. Had to walk into the road with my kids and park straight when parking on the kerb. Fed up with your pathetic lazy parking.” 

Published at Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:38:00 +0000