I got my neighbour’s car towed because he kept parking on our driveway
ONE man decided to take matters into his own hands when his dad’s neighbours refused to move their car – by calling a tow truck. Writing on Reddit, one user told how his 62-year-old father had allowed his neighbours to park on his driveway because they didn’t have enough room on their own.
One man had his neighbour’s car towed after a parking agreement got out of handCredit: Getty
The family next door had four vehicles, so as a favour were offered to leave one on their neighbour’s property. But the arrangement soon started causing issues.
The writer explained: “My dad doesn’t drive that much right now, but from time to time he likes to go back to our hometown and spend the day in the places he and my mum used to go.” His dad, he said, would quite often go a month at a time without using the car and would leave it in the garage between uses. As a result, he was happy to let his twenty-something neighbours make use of his driveway, as they had four cars and not enough space on their own property.
They agreed that whenever he needed to use his car, he would call the neighbours and they could move theirs to allow him off the driveway. But problems started to crop up when the couple were unable to be contacted or slow to move their vehicle. He said: “My dad had asked him a few times to please move the car and the dude just says, ‘yeah, sure’, and takes an hour or two to do so, by which point my dad can’t drive it because it’s too dark for him to see properly.”
At first the Reddit user wasn’t aware of his dad’s unusual agreement with his neighbours. He said: “He used to complain to my sister and I how he wasn’t able to run errands from time to time, but he never mentioned his neighbour or the car there.” Things came to a head when the post’s author visited his dad one afternoon.
The pair had arranged to a car show and needed to get his dad’s car out of the garage to drive there. But 30 minutes after asking the neighbours to move their vehicle, there was no sign of them He added: “My dad explained the situation to me and I said ‘no problem’ and called someone to get it towed.
“The dude obviously freaked out when he saw what was happening, apparently he doesn’t have the right documentation for the car and can’t get it back because he doesn’t have the money.” Neighbourly disputes are not uncommon. One couple recently found a Peugeot parked on the driveway of their Northumberland home without permission.
After trying to track down the owner on Facebook, they took matters into their own hands and blocked it in. Another pair have told of their four-year GBP200,000 battle with neighbours over a shared parking space. And one feuding pair of neighbours spent GBP120,000 in legal fees in a dispute over a two-foot long strip of parking space.
What are your rights if someone parks on your driveway?
This latest tale of neighbourly woe raises questions about the legal rights of both parties.
According to the RAC, a loophole in the law means that blocking someone’s driveway could easily go unpunished. There is no criminal law against someone parking on your driveway without consent. However, your driveway is part of your property so driving on to it is an act of trespass.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1991, local authorities are responsibly for issuing penalty charge notices for parking offences on the road. The council also has the power to act in offences where a car is blocking a driveway while parked on a public road, the RAC says. But if a car is parked on a driveway it is on private property and the council has no authority to remove it.
If the car has been abandoned then the council would be required to move it regardless of where it is. But if it has up-to-date tax, insurance, MOT and isn’t in a dangerous condition then this is not the case. The RAC says homeowners should not be tempted to take the law into their own hands, but try to speak to the owner of the car calmly.
The police advise against hiring a tow truck or clamping the vehicle, as this could be a criminal offence. You should also not attempt to push the vehicle back onto the road. If you pursue a civil case for trespassing, the courts have the right to remove the car from the driveway.
You could also pursue a legal claim for nuisance behaviour.
However, both of these options involve going through the courts so could be costly.
Here is how you can report illegal parking.
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