What to do when someone parks car in front of your driveway under Highway Code

UPDATED advice has been issued for residents facing the nightmare of a blocked driveway.

Certain conditions under the Highway Code mean that a car should be moved if it is parked in front of a property. But what are your rights?

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It can be frustrating when a car blocks your drivewayCredit: Getty

What to do when someone parks car in front of your driveway under Highway Code?

In England it’s only illegal to park on the pavement in London.

However new penalties set to be introduced in the upcoming months could see drivers fined £70 for parking on pavements.

Under the new plans, drivers will be slapped with fines even if they aren’t on double yellow lines.

Rule 243 of the Highway Code states that people should not stop ‘in front of an entrance to a property’.

However, this only relates to whether the car is also blocking the road.

The emphasis on do not rather than ‘you must not’, means that the rules are not legally binding as, in most places, pavement parking bans are enforced by the local council.

The choice of wording in the guidance is deliberate as it identifies which is against the law and which is simply advised against.

Meanwhile, experts have also spotted a legal loophole meaning that any car that parks on private property are exempt from council intervention.

It can be removed if the police suspect it to have been abandoned, but if the car has a valid MOT, is taxed and insured and is not in a dangerous condition then there is little the police or council can do.

What are your rights?

Residents can take several safe steps if a person is blocking your driveway.

Firstly, they should check if the space outside their house is designated parking – otherwise residents have just as much right to park there as you.

However, if it’s a designated space for a specific property then you may be able to find a peaceful solution by trying to contact the owner or politely leaving a note on the windscreen.

Failing that, the Met Police advise that you contact your local council.

They said: “If someone has blocked your driveway so you can’t drive in, we appreciate this can be very frustrating.

“If you can find the owner of the vehicle, we’d first recommend asking them politely to move it. If you can’t find them, try leaving a note on their windscreen.

“After all, they may not realise they have caused a problem.”

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