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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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This isn't a question, but a comment about my experiences. I have a drop-curb drive. The front of the house is on a main road but the back (where the drive is) is on a cul-de-sac. It is the only drive in the cul-de-sac, which is always busy with parked cars. I have tried to be fair to the neighbours in this cul-de-sac and have explained that I obviously need to get my car on and off the drive, but that if it is an emergency or if they need to drop heavy shopping off, they could park across the drive for a few minutes. That was mistake number one! This started well enough, but then people just started to take advantage and would part across the drive without telling me, and some even expected me to call on their house to ask them to move their car! Also, although there is a clear white line across the drop curb, people would start parking over it. At first it was usually only just over so I ignored it, but of course one person saw that it was "OK" to do so and after a while cars were parking well over the lines and making it difficult for me to get my car on and off the drive. When I calmly confronted one of these neighbours about why she had parked over my drive (completely blocking it) she became irate and told me that I was a "pest" and when I told another neighbour that she was partly blocking the drive and I couldn't get my large car off it, she accused ME of not being neighbourly! I've often wondered what their attitude would be if they had drives and people parked over them! I hate conflict and the problems I have had with these neighbours have been upsetting - there are many days when I really wish that I didn't have a drive. In fact, if I move I will definitely not buy another house with a drive, especially if it is the only one in the road! Incidentally, I would never even think of parking over someone's drive - it is just so obvious that one shouldn't do it that I am just amazed at people's attitudes in thinking it's OK to do so. By the way, the top excuse people give me for parking over the drive is "I was only going to be a minute".
Charlton - 21-Apr-17 @ 8:58 AM
I have just had a white H bar line put across the dropped kerb access to my driveway, if any vehicle parks over the end lines will they get a fine/parking ticket does anyone know,?Any info/advice would be appreciated thankyou.
Scoobydoo - 19-Apr-17 @ 1:24 PM
Boo - Your Question:
If I can get some advice please we live on a norrow bend road we all have drop curbs and drive ways there on person on the the other side of the road who owns 3 car and 2 transit vans he consequently parks his transit van in the middle of my drop curb and my neighbours with is getting impossible for me to get of my drive as I can't see any vehicle approaching I already had 2 bumps as it's totally blocking me veiw I have 3 children lucky they haven't been in the car at the time anythink I can do or help would really appreciate it please

Our Response:
If they are parking directly across your driveway, the police may be able to get them to move on. If they are parking across the road etc, unfortunately there is not much you can do.
SaferMotoring - 18-Apr-17 @ 2:06 PM
If I can get some advice please we live on a norrow bend road we all have drop curbs and drive ways there on person on the the other side of the road who owns 3 car and 2 transit vans he consequently parks his transit van in the middle of my drop curb and my neighbours with is getting impossible for me to get of my drive as I can't see any vehicle approaching I already had 2 bumps as it's totally blocking me veiw I have 3 children lucky they haven't been in the car at the time anythink I can do or help would really appreciate it please
Boo - 16-Apr-17 @ 7:26 AM
previously neighbours parked two cars in their drive and two outside. Having sold the property, the new inhabitants have paved over the front garden, and extended the dropped kerb across the full width, result two cars parked on the drive (they did park three comfortably at the start until they bought a new vehicle, and their two children park theirs outside neighbours properties, or directly opposite my drive. Oh and they have ongoing property improvements, which mean the drive is not used, and as it is new building materials and skips are placed outside the property. We then have the challenge of three or four work vans, and the family vehicles parked without any consideration. The road is only narrow enough to accommodate two vehicles (without any parked vehicles). I wish there was the ability to inform insurers that vehicles were parked on the road - I imagine that they are all declared as parking on their drive, as this would prove more effective punishment.
too polite? - 13-Apr-17 @ 3:42 PM
I'm with you on this one @Ryan88!
parker pen - 5-Apr-17 @ 10:38 AM
I find it hard to believe that anyone would back these inconsiderate human beings up and find this acceptable. I live on a main road with very little parking however I purposely rented a house with a driveway, my partner usually either parks in front of my car blocking the driveway or finds another space away from the house NOT blocking access to anyone elses property. Today I came home and someone had parked in front of my driveway meaning I could not access the drive. Someone called 'peter' stated in a previous comment that 'there would be no other place to park on that road' and that people should 'see it from the other side'. Well unfortunately that isnt our problem..park on another road and walk to your destination. What if my car was on the drive..how would I get off to go to work?? Would i have to wait until that person decided to move the car...oh yeah ill just explain that to my boss!! It's damn right inconsiderate. I'd be interested to hear 'peters' opinion if he owned a driveway and this was being blocked by another car owner...maybe peter would benefit from seeing this from the other side also!! People who own driveways should have access to them at all times and if you feel it's acceptable to block this then in my opinion you are a stupid, inconsiderate, and most if all lazy!!
Ryan88 - 3-Apr-17 @ 4:42 PM
I have a drive with a lowered kerb x white lines but delivery van x truck x cars, park in front of it regularly x block me in or out. Ive been late going to work frequently waiting on drivers coming back. It's a nightmare. Can I request yellow lines x will they help!!!
Maisy - 16-Mar-17 @ 6:24 PM
Most of the comments on here are for home owners with private driveways who complain aboutothers drivers blocking their drive. While I agree this can be impolite you have to look at it from the other view point. There are some roads where all houses have a private driveway. if it were illegal to park in front of a driveway that would leave nowhere to park on that road. YOU DO NOT OWN THE ROAD. I think its rude of own homeowners to be miffed about this when often there is no other space to park
Peter - 16-Mar-17 @ 9:31 AM
I have just got my driveway put in paid for it myself and I am a council tenant moved in 2 years ago nice quiet street brilliant neighbours which has been great I'm end terrace house and there is a Caldy sack just up from me 4 other houses there was a new neighbour moved in a couple with kids and have 2 cars my property in on the street there's is up a bit where there is no parking I had told all my neighbours about getting the drive shown them the plans any concerns to let me know anyway was all fine work started and let my new neighbours know well they are about the most awful people you can't do that you need our permission. I have permission from council and all other neighbours that it's fine now that the work has been complete next door to me had family visiting so told her to let them park in my drive there abit older and have to park further away I don't mind parking the extra bit away to save the older people walking a fair bit anyway after that the new neighbours are parking in my drive when the street is full said they can because it's a council garden and I let everyone else use it.. they are parked in my garden and on the road at the drop crib bit of it. Don't know what to do they are parking there car in my garden they both don't work so I can never beat them to it it's a joke that bad at parking I can't close my gate to lock itor probably meant. I am waiting on my housing officer coming out could take 30 days I'm planning on taking few days off work so hopefully I can just close and lock my gate till this is sorted
toot! - 2-Mar-17 @ 9:57 AM
Lucyloo - Your Question:
I have the same problem. A few weeks ago we got new neighbours I told him about how difficult it was to get out of my driveway if a car is too closely parked to it (they have 3 cars 2 in the driveway and 1 sits on the road right next to it) now this is making it difficult for me to get out my driveway without causing damage to my car or there car. I have asked policy for them to move it but it has fallen on deaf ears. I was told by them I had enough space to get out and I also told them about the damage to both cars if I tried, I have lived in the same house for 16 years and not had any bother with this until they moved in. My next door neighbourhas damaged her car because of this, now I have to park on the road so I don't damage my car it is not fair and I really need the area in the drive as my husband is disabled someone please help

Our Response:
If your husband is disabled, you could apply for a disabled space marking outside your home. Apply to your local council.
SaferMotoring - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:15 AM
Sam - Your Question:
It seems that blocked and semi blocked drives are becoming a wide spread anti-social nuisance and that I am not the only one helplessly suffering at the hands of these inconsiderate neighbours and car owners. Just out of courtesy and also out of fear of getting another unreasonable parking fine I would never park over any markings near dropped kerbs or over-hang drives anywhere.I have this obnoxious old neighbour who resented me having a drive so he deliberately parks outside the deignated marked bays and over hangs my drive with his car, and there is not a thing I can do about it.My dropped kerb is very narrow so I have to jump the pavement by one wheel in order to get in. This has ruined my steering alignment and stripped the under guard several times on my low profile sports car.The council have advised me to be careful as they won't tell him.My other neighbours think that I am just being petty and should tolerate this old man and they take his side. I used to be friends with this man till I found out what he gets up to over garden fences and with peoples letters, but they don't believe me.The only legal thing that I can do is to buy a cheap car and park it near my drive, even though this will take up an extra space in the street, sadly I am forced to do it, then it will be me who is the bad guy.Being good does not pay. I have had to put up with this alone for six years. I have been tolerant enough to allow my other neighbours to park outside if there are no spaces but they still see me as an unfriendy guy.What else can I do? My girlfriend has suggested moving, but why should I be forced out.

Our Response:
If there are "designated" parking bays, are these painted? Whois repsonsible for them? If it's the council then they should be able to enforce this. If you drive is being obstructed, ie you cannot get out of it without having to drive on the kerb/pavement, then the police may be able to do something. Alternatively you could ask for the dropped kerb area to be widened.
SaferMotoring - 27-Feb-17 @ 10:58 AM
I have the same problem. A few weeks ago we got new neighbours I told him about how difficult it was to get out of my driveway if a car is too closely parked to it (they have 3 cars 2 in the driveway and 1 sits on the road right next to it) now this is making it difficult for me to get out my driveway without causing damage to my car or there car. I have asked policy for them to move it but it has fallen on deaf ears. I was told by them I had enough space to get out and I also told them about the damage to both cars if I tried, I have lived in the same house for 16 years and not had any bother with this until they moved in. My next door neighbourhas damaged her car because of this, now I have to park on the road so I don't damage my car it is not fair and I really need the area in the drive as my husband is disabled someone please help
Lucyloo - 26-Feb-17 @ 12:45 PM
It seems that blocked and semi blocked drives are becoming a wide spread anti-social nuisance and that I am not the only one helplessly suffering at the hands of these inconsiderate neighbours and car owners. Just out of courtesy and also out of fear of getting another unreasonable parking fine I would never park over any markings near dropped kerbs or over-hang drives anywhere. I have this obnoxious old neighbour who resented me having a drive so he deliberatelyparks outside the deignated marked bays and over hangs my drive with his car, and there is not a thing I can do about it. My dropped kerb is very narrow so I have to jump the pavement by one wheel in order to get in. This has ruined my steering alignment and stripped the under guard several times on my low profile sports car. The council have advised me tobe careful as they won't tell him. My other neighbours think that I am just being petty and should tolerate this old man and they take his side. I used to be friends with this man till I found out what he gets up to over garden fences and with peoples letters, but they don't believe me. The only legal thing that I can do is to buy a cheap car and park it near my drive, even though this will take up an extra space in the street, sadly I am forced to do it, then it will be me who is the bad guy. Being good does not pay. I have had to put up with this alone for six years. I have been tolerant enough to allow my other neighbours to park outside if there are no spaces but they still see me as an unfriendy guy. What else can I do? My girlfriend has suggested moving, but why should I be forced out.
Sam - 24-Feb-17 @ 2:17 PM
My driveway is constantly being blocked. It has a partial dropped kerb and double yellow lines and it doesn't stop the idiots. I had one argue the fact that he was parked legally?? How do the get a licence at all.
Sue - 8-Feb-17 @ 1:28 PM
My neighbors par is truck across the road from my house n he park right at the the end of my driveway so when I back up i can't really turn to get out because it's so close , is he alowed to do that ?
Frank - 5-Feb-17 @ 9:21 PM
Hi we live on a shared drive ,we have a double garage at the end of the drive ,my neighbour has a small drive off the shared driveway where she parks one car ,but she parks the second car on the shared drive opposite her drive Becauseshe owns the top off the shared drive she thinks she's in her right is this true .
Egg - 1-Feb-17 @ 8:26 PM
What if someone parks across your driveway which completely blocks you in and you need to be in or out of the driveway in an emergency? I think its time the law changed. We bought a house with a drive so we could park our car safely. Not to be blocked in or out. Its not the polices fault its the law that doesn't back them up.
Bambi - 1-Feb-17 @ 6:06 PM
From my experience today I can say that if someone parks on your drive without permission, the police & local council will not help!! A white van man parked on my private driveway today & I have spent all day on the 'phone. The police said I was entitled to call a tow truck to remove it, but when I called a company, I was told that they can do nothing for 48 hours, I would have to show proof of how long the van had been there & I would, of course, have to pay for the removal! The driver did turn up eventually, said sorry & laughed in my face, telling me he didn't speak English. It sickens me that there is no recourse in law when someone trespasses on your property! Of course, if I had slashed the tyres then the police would have charged me with criminal damage! Grrrr!
Cello - 30-Jan-17 @ 9:48 PM
Tracy Wilkinson is wrong, and she knows it! I have paid £1000 to have a dropped curb because of people like herself believing we pay that amount in the hope we can get into our drive. The only reason the police don't intervene is because they are too idle. They would soon get involved if the said car got keyed?
NO NICKNAME - 27-Jan-17 @ 2:10 PM
My neighbour squeezes 2 cars and a van in his drive. His van is parked millimetres away from my garage. My first question is, Is there a regulatin that stipulates safe distances from adjecent dwellings? And does he have the legal right to park this many cars in his drive? Calmness.
Calmness - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:43 PM
What is my right if I park in front of someone's house where the there is no dropped kurp? This is going to be my new neighbour and she already put a sign up once on my car window stating " please do not park in from of my house" baring in mind she cannot park on her drive as she has a tree in the middle , plus I have noticed she parks on the road too in front of her house ! Could you please tell me what to do ?
Kiki - 20-Jan-17 @ 2:22 AM
Elz - Your Question:
If you are parked over a driveway with a dropped kerb and line and dribe empty, will you be issued a parking ticket? I live in a cul de sac with 4 in a block type flats, 2 up 2 down. All the lower houses started getting driveways which means there is only one space left for two upper flats. I pay road tax the same as the driveway owner, why should they 'own' part of the road that I pay to maintain?I drive a van and have thousands of pounds of equipment in it, im not leaving that out my street on a main road.

Our Response:
The white lines generally act as a deterrent and are not legally enforceable. If however, you are blocking someone's exit, the police can take action for obstruction.
SaferMotoring - 11-Jan-17 @ 12:19 PM
If you are parked over a driveway with a dropped kerb and line and dribe empty, will you be issued a parking ticket? I live in a cul de sac with 4 in a block type flats, 2 up 2 down. All the lower houses started getting driveways which means there is only one space left for two upper flats. I pay road tax the same as the driveway owner, why should they 'own' part of the road that i pay to maintain? I drive a van and have thousands of pounds of equipment in it, im not leaving that out my street on a main road.
Elz - 10-Jan-17 @ 4:22 PM
Livid - Your Question:
I live in a semi detached house and the unwritten agreement on our street is that we all reserve the curb space directly in front of our houses. My neighbour has 2 cars and decided to get a dropped drive. When the drive was completed we noticed it stretched past his side of the property to our side of by about 2 feet. Initially we didn't make an issue of it and continued parking as normal. Our neighbour got a long van and since then has been demanding to park all the way across his dropped drive including the portion that is in front of our house. We of course refused as it would leave us with no where to park. He has since started calling traffic wardens to issue us tickets for the portion of our car which covers the end of the drive. Surely this can't be right. There is a wall between our properties and it's visually clear that the drive extends to the front of our house. I don't understand how he can have the right to have a drive which goes past his property and block us.

Our Response:
There is unfortunately no right to reserve a parking space outside your own property if it is on a public road. Check with your local council about the dropped kerb, as they usually ensure certain specifications are met when a dropped kerb is installed.
SaferMotoring - 9-Jan-17 @ 12:19 PM
I live in a semi detached house and the unwritten agreement on our street is that we all reserve the curb space directly in front of our houses. My neighbour has 2 cars and decided to get a dropped drive. When the drive was completed we noticed it stretched past his side of the property to our side of by about 2 feet. Initially we didn't make an issue of it and continued parking as normal. Our neighbour got a long van and since then has been demanding to park all the way across his dropped drive including the portion that is in front of our house. We of course refused as it would leave us with no where to park. He has since started calling traffic wardens to issue us tickets for the portion of our car which covers the end of the drive. Surely this can't be right. There is a wall between our properties and it's visually clear that the drive extends to the front of our house. I don't understand how he can have the right to have a drive which goes past his property and block us.
Livid - 7-Jan-17 @ 6:03 PM
We have a nxt door neighbourwho's son continuallyblocks our house drive. He parks his car across our gates and obstructs us leaving and entering. We have had the police up and asked him continuallyfor him not to do so to no avail.There is a drop curb to the house. When he is in a decentmood will park on verge in front of house but this is not offten.What can we do if anything.
Geoff - 3-Jan-17 @ 8:39 PM
Iown a house on a quite private Cul de sac, the new boyfriend of neighbour ( who rents the house ) claims he cannot leave his van on the street as it has expensive equipment left in, won't park it on his own drive, so parks across our walkway, which in turn makes it difficult to turn cars as it is a turning point for a number of private driveways. We have politely asked him not to do so, but he became aggressive and unresponsive. I now feel intimidated when I leave and arrive at my home.This has been going on for approximately 6 months. Any advise would be most helpful thanks Unsuitable? Get updates Share Problems nearby
pjw1980 - 21-Dec-16 @ 4:12 PM
If I have a caravan on my driveway which is visible and I have a dropped curb, what can I do if someone has parked partially across the driveway obstructing my exit? The drop in the curb is wider than the brick pillars either side of the driveway but cars ignore the curb and park upto the wooden gates. The street has only room for single cars when cars are parked either side of the road which makes it almost impossible to get the caravan off the drive when cars are parked either side. I do put out a polite note when we need to move the caravan but is often ignored. What to do??
Nealoliver01 - 16-Dec-16 @ 2:16 PM
I have been verbally abused, by my neighbour, and her daughter threatened to kill me! - BEFOREany parking issues started, when I moved into my new home, (which from others neuhbours have revealed, the abusive neighbour wanted to purchase for her daughter.). Now , whenever her husband is not in, she gets all her relatives to park across my gates, to completely block me in, so much so, I have been unable to go to work or go shopping in the evening. I won't talk to my neighbour, as she is a foul mouthed alcoholic, whi I know often drives drunk. But where do I stand legally?
Jimmy - 16-Dec-16 @ 6:07 AM
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