A stranger can LEGALLY park on your driveway... but it's a crime to remove their car

7 June 2018, 13:23

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By Naomi Berners

Next time you can't find a parking space why not park in an empty driveway - you can't be arrested for it.

You'd be forgiven if you thought that your driveway was exclusive parking for your own vehicles.

However, technically, anyone can park there.

The law states that it's actually not illegal for someone else to leave their car on your driveway - regardless of whether the homeowner has given permission. So, if you call the police, they will do absolutely nothing about the situation.

They won't tell the 'offender' off, they won't remove the car, and they won't issue a caution.


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The Road Traffic Act means that it's actually the local authorities that are in charge of parking enforcement. But, again, they've got no power to do anything about a stranger being parked on your driveway.

Read more: Parking your car on the wrong side of the road could land you a £1000 fine

They can slap penalty charge notices on cars that are parked 'illegally' on the roadside, however they don't have permission to do anything about an unruly car owner that's dumped their vehicle on your drive.

The RAC said: "When a car is on a drive, it’s technically on private property – and the council has no authority to remove it."


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The RAC have also said that, if you find yourself in a situation, the best thing to do is speak to the vehicle owner and aim to "resolve the situation sensibly."

(Don't be tempted to vandalise the offending car or take a baseball bat to the windscreen, because that IS illegal and YOU could be the one ending up in trouble.)

If the car owner is a stubborn mule, you can potentially take legal action, as it's technically 'trespassing.' But, pursuing a civil case is both lengthy and potentially very costly.

Hopefully a 'friendly' chat and perhaps the good old British failsafe of offering a cup of tea will solve any 'parking wars' dramas. 

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