Fines can be applied if road users simply forget to change the direction their vehicle is pointing when it starts to get dark. This is because all vehicles parked on the side of a street must be positioned in the same way traffic is travelling.
This rule is not in place during the day where motorists can position their car in any direction they like as long as they are parked safely.
The law means road users must remember to switch their habits in the evening or remember to move their vehicle to avoid a charge.
Rule 248 of the Highway Code confirms the law applies to all road users unless they are in a parking space.
The Code says: “You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
Scrap car comparison says the law is in place for safety purposes as cars parked the correct way would be more visible to other road users.
They warn cars parked in the wrong direction may become invisible as a car’s headlights would not reflect off its rear reflectors.
This could lead to motorists unable to see some parked cars which may be sticking out and causing a road hazard which could lead to a crash.
A Scrap Car Comparison spokesperson said: “Motors parked the correct way would be visible and illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflector.
This is allowed as long as a vehicle is 10 metres away from a junction and motorists are facing the direction of the traffic flow.
Road users must also be considered close to the kerb and in a recognised parking space or lay-by to avoid breaking the law.
Failing to abide by these rules will also see motorists fined £1,000 or up to £2,500 in severe cases which are taken to court.
The RAC warns motorists who leave their car parked on a road at night could put a vehicle at rosl of being stolen, vandalised or damaged.
Car insurance companies may issue heavy charges for road users if they regularly park their car on the streets as you will be seen as at a higher risk of claiming on an agreement.
Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:56:00 +0000