FINDING somewhere to park can be a nightmare – so if there are no spots left, is it illegal to leave it across a driveway if there isn’t a dropped kerb?
Leaving your car across someone’s personal driveway is unlikely to make you any friends, but whether you’ll get a fine or points on your licence is another story.
We explain all you need to know about these parking rules and what you need to do to avoid breaking the law.
Is it illegal to park across someone’s driveway if there’s not a dropped kerb?
If there’s not a dropped kerb, it is not illegal to park across someone’s driveway.
According to RED Driver Training, what makes driving across someone’s driveway illegal is if there IS a dropped kerb – not that you’re blocking access.
If you’re parked over a dropped kerb – or even only covering it slightly – you could be landed with three points on your licence as well as a £100 fine.
It means you can actually park inside someone’s driveway and not break any driving rules.
Because it is private land, it is a civil issue – which means the authorities can’t step in.
Of course, it’s not a good idea to park in someone’s driveway though as it could upset your neighbours and restrict access in and out of their home.
What does a dropped kerb mean?
A dropped kerb is where the pavement has been flattened to meet the level of the road.
It is also called a crossover, and allows cars to drive over the pavement to get into their driveway from the road easily.
You can’t just put one in place – you need to apply for one and we explain how to below.
How do I get a dropped kerb outside my house?
You need to apply through your local council to get a dropped kerb put outside your house.
You can find out who your local council is on the gov.uk website.
If you put in place a dropped kerb without applying for it, you could be whacked with a fine.
When The Sun checked how much you could be charged, some councils like Waltham Forest said you could land yourself with a fine of up to £1,000.
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