Rules on what you can do if someone parks in front of your driveway

Now that we are starting to get out and about again as lockdown eases one of the most annoying things possible is happening again.

When you walk out the front door to find your driveway blocked by someone who has parked their car of van in front of it – it is guaranteed to get the rage boiling up inside you.

And for those of us working from home to have a look out the window to see it has happened is just as frustrating. Don’t people think or have any manners?

That person paid no attention to the fact you might have somewhere to be yourself. Pretty inconsiderate.

If it has ever happened to you it must be tempting to go and buy enough cones to line them up in front of your drive to stop anyone from blocking it.

But if you’ve ever got so frustrated you’ve been tempted to ram the car, you will want to read on below and think again.

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But what can you actually do about it?

Worryingly little, as it turns out. People blocking your driveway aren’t legally doing anything wrong.

“The first step with any anti-social parking problem is to contact your local authority or the police; however there is little the law can do to support home owners – even if a car blocks your driveway,” Charlotte Dixon, solicitor at DAS Law, told The Mirror.

According to safemotoring.co.uk, it isn’t actually illegal for a motorist to park in front of a private driveway, despite what the Highway Code says.

The important thing to pay attention to is the language used. 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.

And paragraph 243 of the Code requests that motorists “DO NOT park in front of an entrance to a property”.

“The Highway Code can only help if the parked car is causing an obstruction to the road but not in relation to private land,” said Ms Dixon.

But that doesn’t leave you entirely powerless.

Ms Dixon said: “One option that’s available is to pursue a legal claim for nuisance on the grounds that the driver is interfering with your use and enjoyment of your property – but to do so you’d need to know the identity of the offending vehicle’s driver.”

In the case of a repeat offender, you could try and 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 do so.

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If your road is governed by residential parking permits, or is private, it’s a different story.

In Croydon, the council says that parking that blocks a dropped kerb will be “enforced”.

However, the authority scrapped its in-house parking towing service in October 2015.


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