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Illegal Parking

There are a number of rules that apply to vehicle owners, not just when it comes to driving or insurance, but also regarding the way a car is parked. A car is the property of its owner and therefore their responsibility to ensure that it is not parked illegally on any public land, as set out in the Highway Code.

If a vehicle is found to be parked illegally on public land, the local authorities are at liberty to issue a parking ticket in the form of a Penalty Charge Notice (often referred to as a ‘PCN’ ), payable by the vehicle owner.

What is illegal parking?

Drivers are found to be breaking the law if they are park in any of the following locations, according to the Highway Code:

  • On yellow lines during times of operation – always check the signs, as these will vary depending on location
  • On school entrance and/or keep clear markings
  • The carriageway or the hard shoulder of a motorway, unless in an emergency
  • A pedestrian crossing of any kind
  • A clearway where a vehicle is not allow to stop on the road or the side of the road under any circumstances or an urban clearway within its hours of operation (except to pick up or set down passengers)
  • A marked taxi bay
  • A road marked with double white lines (except to pick up or set down passengers)
  • A tram, pedestrian or cycle lane/track during the hours of operation
  • Red lines, unless shown otherwise on nearby signs
    On Private Land, where not authorised to do so

Where is it illegal for me to park?

The rules that apply to parking may differ depending on the street signs and local authorities, but there are various circumstances where drivers are never allowed to park.

The Highway Code, which applies to all motorists in the UK, sets out the rules on what constitutes illegal parking. It is an essential read for all drivers, which can be found here.

How to report Illegal Parking in the UK?

To report an illegally parked vehicle, you will need to provide information on how the vehicle is parked, where it is parked (name of street), and specify whether it is breaching any of the rules in the Highway Code.

You can report unauthorised parking on public land to your local authority online on your local council’s website or via the phone.

If you believe a vehicle is dangerously parked, where it is a direct threat to others or it is causing obstruction, you can report it to the police by calling the non-emergency 101 number.

Alternatively, if you have persistent unauthorised parking on privately owned land, please get in contact with us to help.

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At Creative Car Park, we can help prevent illegal parking by offering unique parking solutions, tailored to meet your personal and business needs. We provide enforcement solutions that can be used in combination to provide maximum parking security.

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