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Nuisance parking

What is Nuisance Parking?

Some garages and businesses place cars for sale, for an extended period, on the street, and in lay-bys. This can cause a significant nuisance to local residents and takes up valuable car parking spaces. The same is true with vehicles that are repaired on the street, which can also look unsightly, can lead to damage of the local environment (for example when oil is spilled or leaked) and may also present a danger to passers by. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 introduced legal controls over these activities.

Selling Vehicles on the Road

The offence of selling vehicles on the road is intended to target those people who run a business selling motor vehicles and use the road as a mock showroom. This behaviour is unfair to local residents and neighbouring businesses who are thereby deprived of using the road themselves to park vehicles and go about their daily lives.

A person commits an offence if he leaves two or more motor vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road or roads where they are exposed or advertised for sale for the purposes of a business of selling motor vehicles. It is not intended to target occasional individual private sellers of single vehicles. 

Repairing Vehicles on the Road

The offence of repairing a vehicle is also aimed primarily at those that act irresponsibly as part of a business and who are attempting to use the road as a mock workshop.

A person who carries out any works for the repair, maintenance, servicing, improvement or dismantling of a motor vehicle or of any part of or accessory to a motor vehicle and works for the installation, replacement or renewal of any such part or accessory on a road in the course of a business is guilty of an offence. This does not apply to private individuals who are carrying out minor work to their vehicles or those who carry out necessary work to vehicles by the side of the road in order to get them moving again after a breakdown or accident.

Parking on pavements

If you park on or partially on the pavement you could be charged with obstruction.

If there are yellow lines on the road, you could get a parking ticket from the Police as the Traffic Regulation Order cover the whole Highway from your front garden boundary to the centre of the road.

You should always try to provide an off-street parking place for your vehicle.

Parking on verges

The verge outside your house is almost certainly public highway and you have no right to park there.

Your vehicle could be damaging services to your house and neighbours such as gas and water pipes.

In wet weather your vehicle will damage the verge making it unsightly and unsafe for pedestrians: your street will no longer be a desirable place to live.