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Parking Near Private Driveway: What is the Law?

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Parking Near Private Driveway: What Is The Law?

Q.

I would like to know if there is a legal limit to how close you can park next to a driveway? I have issues with my neighbours parking partially over and completely blocking my driveway, which restricts exit and entrance. I also have a tree to contend with and a busy road. I have come to the end of my tether but don't want to upset anyone (unlike my neighbours!)

(H.H, 20 July 2009)

A.

Parking over and blocking a driveway belonging to someone else is one of the most common reasons that people end up falling out with their neighbours. It's rude, discourteous and can cause a whole lot of problems, especially if access to the driveway is completely blocked in either direction.

When faced with this situation, many homeowners try to fight fire with fire and come out brandishing a copy of the Highway Code which in paragraph 243 requests that motorists "DO NOT PARK in front of an entrance to a property".

However, if they take things further and report the offender to the police - it often comes as a big surprise to find out that it isn't actually illegal for a motorist to park in front of a private driveway, despite what you think the Highway Code is saying. The important thing to pay attention to is the language used in the rulings. If 'Do not' is used, then this is advisory and should be followed - but there is no legal comeback if a motorist chooses to ignore it. However, if the rule states 'Must not' then this is a legal requirement and the driver must therefore obey it or if caught or reported, face legal action.

So, ultimately, this is down to a question of courtesy and respect between you and your neighbours. If you do suffer from a repeat offender who insists on blocking your driveway then do be careful. As you are not backed up by law, the best thing you can do is to approach them calmly and try to sort out the situation amicably. If they aren't interested, or continue to ignore you and park in front of your property, blocking your access, then unfortunately the only thing you can do to ensure that you have full access to your drive is to park somewhere else - perhaps, if you're a fan of irony and you can get there first, even in front of your own driveway. If you do this often enough they'll probably get bored and give up.

It does seem incredibly unfair that someone can do this when you have forked out for a home with somewhere safe to park your car off the road - and if you are blocked ONTO your drive, then you might find a kind police officer who will make enquiries for you, contact the owner and ask them to move their vehicle. However the police are not bound to act as according to the Highway Code every driver has a right to park anywhere on a public highway except those places which are expressly forbidden.

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Lizzydrip - 19-Apr-21 @ 4:53 PM
how can I stop people keep packing across my drive. and knowing I have a white line across my drive
frosty - 14-Mar-21 @ 5:03 PM
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Andy - 11-Mar-21 @ 3:17 PM
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Mitch - 7-Mar-21 @ 9:33 AM
Can I part in front of my drive way where there is a drop curb in front of my drive ?,
Kevo - 3-Mar-21 @ 2:17 PM
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Scottie - 18-Feb-21 @ 10:53 PM
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Laci - 7-Feb-21 @ 3:09 PM
This article is nonsense, you can't obstruct a highway, thereby stopping access to a highway from a private road is an offence.
Real - 24-Nov-20 @ 4:46 PM
I am also having same problem. So there is no solution?
Mailer - 23-Oct-20 @ 6:05 PM
I am unable to get of my drive most days due to residents having work done in there homes. There are at least 5 vans and 3 cars parked on the foot path daily. These vehicles all belong to work men. Some of the vans have trailers on the back of them. It's becoming extremely difficult to get on and of my drive and I am unable to have visitors because there's no were for them to park
Lindsey Kelsall - 16-Oct-20 @ 1:09 PM
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whattheheck - 24-Sep-20 @ 4:51 PM
Hi can you tell me if a home owner can get a person how is not have anything to do with the highway to have the white lines put on the road in front of hi house. This is going to cause me problems for me to park my car this is at 33 Ashford Avenue sonning common rg49lr. How can I tell if this person has the authority to but white lines down on the road Pete
Pete - 6-Sep-20 @ 12:49 PM
I have had very near misses both in my car and when exiting my property on foot due to my neighbours obstructing entrance and views with his varying vans. I have had literallynear misses from external traffic not being able to see me. This issue is causing a safety and health issue!! My neighbour is unreasonable intimidating in his stance and has threatened my family. What can I do?One day there will be a serious accident!
jada - 4-Sep-20 @ 7:40 PM
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Ed - 17-Aug-20 @ 2:49 PM
There is a guy who lives down the road from me and he keeps blocking my drive from across the road the police and council don’t want to know I have also complained to the company he works for but they can’t make him stop It is very differcalt to get in my drive when he has parked there and this is every day
Bettyboo - 5-Jul-20 @ 2:20 PM
I think you need to amend your advice on parking in front of a drive way. If the owners car is blocked from coming out of driveway into a road then it can be an offence as highway code states you must not obstruct access to highway. Also most local authorities have been signed up for some time to the Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE). Which states, It is an offence to park in front of dropped curb.
Jm - 12-Jun-20 @ 11:46 AM
We live on a narrow private road , a difficult neighbour has deliberately parked a muckspreader , and dumped a tree trunk , making access impossible from one direction . My elderly and disabled partner cannot get his car out at all . From reading these posts it would seem there is nothing to be done ... its obstruction , and the law cannot help . The police have been contacted , as there is a documented history of harassment , and criminal damage we hope they may press charges on these matters and this will influence him . Any thoughts ?
Trish - 28-May-20 @ 6:43 AM
Where does my driveway start boundary wise, recently I have had to park across my driveway to block my neighbour turning around on my driveway and trying to park across it, my neighbour and another neighbour keep threatening me to stop me parking across it
Terry - 18-Apr-20 @ 11:19 AM
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Terry - 18-Apr-20 @ 11:16 AM
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Morlun - 16-Mar-20 @ 10:19 PM
It would appear there are too numerous issues to mention regarding parking; they have in common one thing and that is that the issues are caused by careless, ignorance, deliberate and disruptive and/or inconsiderate parking.Visitors to an area might be forgiven for parking insensitively on occasion but it would appear our local authorities, policing and law enforcement are simply inadequate and unfit for purpose.When approached, authoritative figures simply pass you on to another office, and other, reneging on any responsibilities to address problems or put right disputes which would be easily resolved with some parking signs and stricter rules about blocking driveways and entrances.My disabled mother is deprived of the use her wheelchair as cars park up on the pavement against my gate (even when neighbours have two free spaces, leaving their their own dropped kerb left unused and free).We are told this is illegal parking but no-one can act upon it as they say there are not signs to this effect. One neighbour refused the police's INVITATION to move their vehicle from a dropped kerb and they appeared redundant to take it further.Neighbours who deliberately wish to cause disruption are free to do so when there are inadequate laws to protect members of the public the freedom of access to their homes.I am against targeting car owners but in this instance, with a serious growth in the population and overcrowding, this needs to be tackled and now!
Susie - 4-Jan-20 @ 9:34 AM
It would appear there are too numerous issues to mention regarding parking; they have in common one thing and that is that the issues are caused by careless, ignorance, deliberate and disruptive and/or inconsiderate parking.Visitors to an area might be forgiven for parking insensitively on occasion but it would appear our local authorities, policing and law enforcement are simply inadequate and unfit for purpose.When approached, authoritative figures simply pass you on to another office, and other, reneging on any responsibilities to address problems or put right disputes which would be easily resolved with some parking signs and stricter rules about blocking driveways and entrances.My disabled mother is deprived of the use her wheelchair as cars park up on the pavement against my gate (even when neighbours have two free spaces, leaving their their own dropped kerb left unused and free).We are told this is illegal parking but no-one can act upon it as they say there are not signs to this effect. One neighbour refused the police's INVITATION to move their vehicle from a dropped kerb and they appeared redundant to take it further.Neighbours who deliberately wish to cause disruption are free to do so when there are inadequate laws to protect members of the public the freedom of access to their homes.I am against targeting car owners but in this instance, with a serious growth in the population and overcrowding, this needs to be tackled and now!
Susie - 4-Jan-20 @ 9:09 AM
I too have issues with access to my drive, I have neighbours who drive vans and they park very close to the edge of both sides of my drive, it is getting harder to get out due to poor visabiility, have had several near misses. Could not get in my drive nasty note from neighbour. Daughter will not park near the house anymore as have been threatened by him with letters on her car. Am looking at extending my drive but it’s all extra cost that I don’t have. Would like to know what are the rules as far as parking vans near driveway ? If I leave my car out to get cars in neighbour parks his car so close even gets out to see if he can get closer have seen him hit another neighbours car. Don’t leave mine out anymore but have had enough. It’s strange but they have a drive why don’t they use it??? Should point out we can only park on one side of road. We have some very sad people in this world why don’t they think what they are doing. Have some manners and think of others
Jan - 29-Dec-19 @ 5:27 PM
I have a dipped kerb and drive on an avenue with 1 row of parked cars opposite.It's very narrow though, so if cars park across the street (which they do) I can't get my estate off the drive! This means that if I'm planning on going out after 6pm, i have to leave my car on the street or I can't get out due to lack of room to manoeuvre. Is this classed as blocking my drive?
Cobby - 2-Jul-19 @ 5:14 PM
We have a drop kerb drive. A nieghbour decided to park his car in front partly in front of our drive where upon when reversing out we accidently scraped his driver side bumper. He is now asking for £500 for a respray of his whole bumper that is damaged on the passenger side, not by us! I spoke to a garage who told me that because the slight damage we cause...a slight bit of white paint to drivers side bumper.. that thiscan be removed with compound the cut. £5 a tin. He's after us paying for old damage. He's having a laugh. Don't park obstructing my drive. ??
Patsy - 26-Apr-19 @ 1:29 PM
This is rubbish. MY council will issue a ticket for what is deemed 'unfriendly parking' and that includes parking over or even partially over a driveway. I give people a friendly warning note first (usually), but if they do it to me again, I phone the council and they come round pretty sharpish to slap a ticket on their windscreen. In fact, they state that cars should not be parked more than 1.5 meters away from the camber of a person's driveway. This is regardless of whether or not a car is in the drive. I don't like doing it, but they give me no choice. They won't tow the vehicle away, but a ticket is usually enough to stop them doing it again. It is a really selfish thing to do! Check with your local council, to see what they will do to help you.
Ali - 23-Apr-19 @ 12:25 AM
Hi, i have a query. I have a house that was used for a business purpose. Ive now decided i wouldlike to move into the property now... Council has now granted the legal permission to convert back to a singledwelling. At present the house does not have off streetparking. Bothof my family membersare getting old and in fact cannot walk without help (but are not classifiedas disabled).i would like to drop the kerb and use the front garden as off street parking. At least 70%of the houses on my road have off street parking. Hereare the issues: * in front of my house i have apay parking meter bay (for two cars). ona partially busy road.Pay parking meter producing approx : £4 p/h. My plannerhas spokento the local council (with alot of difficulty as no one really knows anything!) finally hewas told adropped kerb would begranted.The bays would probably not be removed due to the requiredbaysbeing needed and used for residentialpermits and that the council is financially generatingan income(ofcourse thats the main reason!) Help: does this not affect my property use and my access rights? any advice would greatly be appreciated.
hassi - 1-Apr-19 @ 1:00 PM
I have a dropped kerb which gives me legal access to my drive on the front garden, yet numerous people including in-laws from next door keep parking on or just over the edge of it, even when their double driveway is empty, this is a sign of disrespect to me, as they are causing an obstruction which is very dangerous as I can't see what is coming down the road unless its a bus or lorry, I have to pull out (I always reverse on as to reverse onto a main road is obstruction) and have been close to being hit more than once, yet the council don't seem to care, we aren't safe on the shared cycle path /footpath with cars, vans and lorries using it as parking or to drive along and illegally go onto a driveway with no dropped kerb, when I ask the police they tell me that the council are responsible and unless they catch someone driving on the footpath they can't do much, its also impossible to walk on the footpath as lots of cars are illegally parked (having driven) on the path forcing people onto the road
Sillybait1329 - 27-Mar-19 @ 10:04 AM
I payed to have a crossover done who people think they have a Wright to park across it , also how do people are aloude to have a driveway done and don't have a crossover, surely they are breaking the law by driving across the path, doesn't the council bother to check.
Harley - 18-Mar-19 @ 8:25 PM
As an additional thought on this .. what about those of us who live in a street that can only be parked on one side .. one side of the street the houses all have double drives and garages , and the other every other property has a drive . But what happens?? The residents not only don’t use their garages .. drives or drive access outside their own home .. they park on the street.. 6 /7ft away from each other and the same from a dropped kerb. It’s just completely selfish behaviour. The best of it is that they will come out and stand on their empty drives to monitor your parking if you dare to “squeeze” a car in . A little courtesy and common sense needed I think?
Pebbles - 3-Feb-19 @ 6:38 PM
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