Motorists are not ‘legally entitled’ to park in front of their homes due to this loophole

Motorists are not ‘legally entitled’ to park in front of their homes due to this loophole

Motorists do not have a legal entitlement to park outside their home meaning anyone can technically park outside your house in front of your driveway. The police have previously said it is not a homeowner’s legal right to park in front of their house unless there is a designated parking space. 

This could be more noticeable during popular local events where parking may be difficult to find such as concerts or sports matches. 

The RAC has called upon motorists to use their common sense when stopping near someone’s house. 

A spokesperson 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.”

Why is it not illegal to park on someone’s driveway? 

Another loophole means motorists can technically park on anyone’s driveway without breaking the law.

This is because the car would technically be parked on private property meaning the council cannot intervene. 

Homeowners can politely ask the owner of the vehicle to move a car out of the way but are urged to not force the car off the drive themselves. 

This is because if any damage is recorded homeowners could be liable to pay charges for damage repairs. 

Is it illegal to park on the pavement? 

It is only illegal to park on the pavement in London where offenders could be issued a fine of up to £70. 

It is also against the law to park your vehicle on a dropped kerb according to information provided by the Highway Code. 

However, pavement parking is not yet illegal across the rest of the UK meaning road users cannot be fined or charged. 

The Transport Select Committee is pushing for changes to introduce a widespread ban after they found pavement parking can have consequences for many motorists. 

They found parking on the path can raise issues of loneliness among vulnerable motorists who feel they cannot safely leave their home.  

Cars parked on the pavement are also said to affect the wellbeing of young children and disabled people. 

Published at Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:27:00 +0000