Drivers risk massive £5,000 fine for 'harmless' and little-known rule impacting parking on driveways

Drivers risk massive £5,000 fine for 'harmless' and little-known rule impacting parking on driveways

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Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 15/02/2024

- 13:35

Updated: 15/02/2024

- 14:43

The Highway Code contains details about how drivers could fall foul of parking rules

Drivers could be hit with enormous £5,000 fines using someone else’s driveway to turn their car around, as experts issue warnings.

It may be common practice for millions of Britons to use their neighbour’s driveway to do a manoeuvre to help them park or turn around.

However, experts have warned drivers that they could get into hot water with the law if they try using someone else’s driveway to make a move.

It can be considered “trespassing”, which could be prosecuted as a civil or criminal matter, with a further warning of extra charges for criminal damage.

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Drivers could be accused of 'trespassing'


It could be made worse if the property has a “no turning” sign, as the homeowner could take them to court, especially if they are a repeat offender, according to Select Car Leasing.

Graham Conway, managing director at the company said it was easier than ever to spot people trespassing with doorbell cameras becoming more popular.

He said if someone accidentally causes significant damage when turning, they could face a £5,000 fine or a community order, and in the worst-case scenario, they could be prosecuted.

This has been a particular issue for delivery drivers, particularly when developments are underway and there may be trenches or holes in the garden.

There have also been cases where people will park on their neighbour's driveways when they know they are away to make use of the extra space.

Louise Thomas, motor expert at car insurance, reiterated the warning, saying drivers need to be cautious when entering another person’s driveway.

She said: “Almost half (44 per cent) of drivers admit to using someone else's driveway to manoeuvre their car. But although it could seem harmless, doing so could land drivers with an unwanted fine.

“The Highway Code says you shouldn't stop or move your car in a place that could impact residents or other road users.

“So using someone else's property could cause a safety hazard for its residents, including children and animals.”

Rule 240 of the Highway Code states that drivers must not stop or park in a number of places including a pedestrian crossing or a clearway, while Rule 241 outlines how people should not park in a space reserved for a resident unless they are permitted to do so.

It could be argued that using someone else’s driveway or even parking on it without clear permission could lead to them breaking trespassing laws and also be seen as “nuisance behaviour”.

Louise Thomas added: “There’s also the risk of potential property damage when manoeuvring on somebody else’s property. If you cause significant damage, you could land yourself with a £5,000 fine.

“So, if you do get a bit lost on your travels and need to turn around, the best thing to do is pull up safely on the side of a quiet road.


Cars parked

Drivers are told where they can and cannot park in the Highway Code


“There, you can turn and ensure you're not disturbing anyone’s private property.”

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