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How Close Can you Legally Park Next to Another Car?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 17 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
Parking Problems Blocked In Resident


I work in a nursery where on both sides there are houses, the road is a public road on one side is double yellow lines and the other has nothing, just public. The problem I is I park early in a morning (7.20am) and leave around 4pm. There is a resident who always parks 1 inch from my car, which on a number of occassions I have had to pull forward and reverse a number of times to squeeze out of the space I have parked.

I know that the resident isn't happy about the parking (as the whole street isn't happy) and I plan to change my parking space. I am not obstructing any driveways or even access to their homes and I don't park on the pavement. the resident also pulls extremely close to my car although there is space for another 2 cars infront of theirs.

I can understand that this can be frustrating, but the road is public and there is no marked spaces or a permit system in place.

Is there a law on how close you can park to another car?

(Miss jane robertson, 8 October 2008)


Parking can be a real problem around workplaces, and there's nothing worse than spending the day trying to get on with your work while worrying about your car - whether you're getting a ticket or whether you're parked in the right place.

If the road is a public road with no road markings, lines or signage to signify that you are not allowed to park there, then it would seem that you are perfectly within your rights to do so. Although it may be frustrating to the residents that live along that road, if you are parking properly and not causing an obstruction, then there isn't actually a great deal that they can do about it, other than try to intimidate you into parking in a different spot.

The Highway code stipulates that anyone parking on-street should always be facing the direction the road travels rather than against the flow of traffic, and that if they are parking within 30 ft of a junction, then there should be lights on at night to indicate their presence to other motorists.

As there are no parking bays and you are parking on a public road, there is no minimum requirement that details how far away you need to park. It's more of a 'common sense' approach than a legal requirement, but it is expected that drivers will offer other motorists the courtesy of having enough space to safely manoeuvre out of a parking space or place - and the advice given is usually along the lines of 'tyres and tarmac' (i.e. you should be able to see all the tyres and the road beneath the car parked in front of you.). Still, if there are a lot of people parking on a small stretch of road, then parking distances are likely to be shorter, so that more people can squeeze in.

Unfortunately, in the same way that the residents don't have any right to dictate where you park along the public stretch of road, then neither do you. You could call the police and report the car as an obstruction if you are unable to get out of the space and onto the road, but that isn't likely to improve relations between you and the resident in question. In this case, you may be better off trying to find somewhere else to park, or just make up your mind to grin and bear it!!

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Sam - 25-Jul-18 @ 7:52 PM
angelinaballerina - Your Question:
We park our car off rd.on our drive.my son also has a car that he parks on the street.neighbours are complaining that as we have a drive that because they can't park at it that my son is taking away someone's parking space and he should be parking across the front of our drive as thats the only space were entitled to park at.if he does that then our car is blocked in.are we correct to say hes entitled to a space as he can't block our car in on our driveway.

Our Response:
If it's a public road, the usual parking rules apply to anyone whether they live there or not. It's not illegal, but is a little discourteous to refuse to park on your driveway if there is space or to refuse to park across your driveway to make space for other people (simply because you can't be bothered to move one of your vehicles when the other person needs to go out etc).
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Jewsel - 21-Jan-18 @ 5:01 PM
Dera - Your Question:
Hi I live in a close where there is 4 car parking spaces marked out I've just moved in the area they are not allocated spaces but the neighbours have claimed them as their own I parked in a space and one of them blocked me in, like I said it's a close and not an open road I said they causing an obstruction and they said well don't park in my space and said if I park there again they will do the same again is this against the law.

Our Response:
Check your deeds, who owns the spaces? The council, the developer who built the properties? A management company? Are there limits to the number of spaces each resident can use, even if they're not allocated? You need to find all of this out then you can take it further (legally) if you are blocked in.
SaferMotoring - 20-Nov-17 @ 1:51 PM
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Dera - 19-Nov-17 @ 12:09 PM
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Mark22 - 25-Sep-17 @ 9:48 AM
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mitch - 23-Aug-17 @ 6:07 PM
You can call the police or take video and photos, without evidence you don't have much to back yourself up with, or you could just smash there windshield, windows, tires and pretty much wreck their car and because they don't have a photo of you doing it, you will most likely get away with false statements ??Then you laugh at them??
Answer man - 19-Apr-17 @ 7:27 AM
can you tell us is my neighbour committing an offence by parking up against my cars to the point they" re touching ,he parked up against my Mercedes the other day and the number plate was bending. At some point they are going to damage one of our vehicles. There is more than enough room for them to park without them parking anywhere near us. ,is there anything we can do , many thanks David
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Newby2054 - 14-Feb-17 @ 1:53 PM
Hi my neighbour had 2 cars and a van which is fine but when parking outside my and there house there is parking bays and they keep parking over the white line into my parking bay cm away from my car I am a new driver and have a very small car and always park centre of the bat to give me plenty of room Is there anything I can do as they do t do it to the other neighbours just me and very intimidating Is there a law that they have to park within the bay ?? There forever blocking me out of the street but I know I can't do anything about that Thanks
Lod - 18-Jan-17 @ 11:30 AM
I havealong standing problem with people who actually park at least 50% into my disabled bay. The people actually objected to the panning permission I need to obtain the disabled bay. The road belong to the Queen. and is called her Majesty's Highway so why am I having to ask for their planning permission? Yet they do not need panning permission to have or extend a dropped a kerb. What gives? I have reported this to the Council but they care not. My neighbor said he need to park their car close to their house as they had small children who could not negotiate 7 meters of road but they have no problem walking 1000 m to the local Mosque. They park so cannot get a cigarette paper between my bumpers let alone my wheel chair. I have to call a friend who has to maneuver the car so I can get in and out. He said what kind of mindless twit parks so close an in inside a disabled bay? Peoplelike this should be deprived of their cars and shariah law be implemented an their hands and feet be removed.Anti social vermin
iodine - 25-Dec-16 @ 10:25 PM
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