Drivers warned of legal loophole that means police CAN’T stop other people parking on your driveway | The Sun

THE majority of drivers aren't aware that the police are unable to help if somebody decides to park on your driveway.

Finding somebody has parked on your drive is extremely frustrating, and you need to be aware of the steps to take.

Because your driveway is part of your property, cars parked on it are technically trespassing.

Trespass is a civil offence rather than a criminal one, meaning the police can't help.

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And the council isn't always able to help, because your driveway is considered private property.

There's no point in taking your anger out on the car or trying to move it yourself, either.

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That's because you could end up liable for any damage you potentially do to the vehicle.

It's suggested that if you find a car on your driveway you should try to find the owner and sort it out with them directly first.

If that doesn't work, then the next step is to raise a civil claim to the courts in order to get the car removed.

John Charnock, of Stress Free Car Rental, said: "The police are unable to get involved with unknown cars parked on driveways as they are private property.


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"The best thing for the owner of the driveway is to keep calm and try to not let the situation escalate.

"If a homeowner suspects the vehicle has been abandoned, their local council would be required to move the car regardless of its position on private or public land.

"However, if the car has up-to-date MOT, tax, insurance and is not in a position where it could cause danger to anyone around, the council are again powerless."

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