Is parking across a driveway illegal? What can you do if someone blocks your driveway?

image showing a uk street at night with cars parked on the kerb, showing dropped kerbs and driveways

Parking across a driveway isn’t just inconsiderate to the owner of the house, it can be dangerous and restrictive for pedestrians and wheelchair users. But is it an offence to block a driveway?

Is it illegal to park in front of a dropped kerb drive?

It is an offence to park across a driveway with a dropped kerb. Highway Code Rule 243 states that drivers should not stop or park “where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles” or “in front of an entrance to a property”. It is an offence to park across even a small part of the drive.

What is the penalty for blocking someone’s driveway?

It depends where you live. But drivers who even partially block your driveway could be ticketed. That means they could receive the relevant fine – just as if they’d parked on double yellow lines.

What can you do if someone blocks your drive?

Bearing in mind parking a across a driveway is illegal, there are plenty of things you can do to stop it happening. First thing is to check if it’s your council or the police that look after parking for your area. Then inform the relevant authority about the problem. They will generally only act if the owner of the driveway is the one making the call.

If you make enough noise about it, they will deploy an attendant; they might even put up some signs for you. Alternatively, you could put up your own sign saying access is required 24/7. If you get really desperate, you might want to put up a CCTV camera and sign covering your entrance which may act as a sensible deterrent.

image showing a uk street with a dropped kerb in front of someone's driveway
Sadly if someone wants to park across your driveway there’s not much you can do about it

What can I do if a car is blocking my driveway?

The council’s lack of action might be severely frustrating. Afterall, local authorities aren’t famous for being highly reactive. In which case, you might want to call the police. If the car that’s blocking your driveway is taxed and insured, it can’t be classed as an abandoned vehicle. As such the police won’t tow it away.

Equally, if the vehicle is partially blocking your driveway but you can still get in and out, then it’s not causing an obstruction. Again, there’s not much the police can do about it.

What about partially blocking a driveway?

Parking next to a drop kerb is not illegal. That’s even if it makes getting into your driveway impossible. For example, cars parked opposite your entrance might make it awkward to access a driveway. Or someone might park a vehicle right up against the dropped kerb, again making access difficult. Unfortunately, if this is the case, there’s not much you can do about it.

What if a vehicle is abandoned in front of your drive?

Should the vehicle stay for a month or more, the police might remove it as it’s not unreasonable to assume the owner has abandoned it.

Is parking across your own drive illegal?

When it comes to parking on the road, even if it’s a dropped kerb in front of your house and you paid to put it in, parking across your own driveway is an offence. That is because it contravenes Highway Code 243. The law is mainly to make disabled access easier.

However, unless someone complains about it, the council or police are unlikely to do anything about it. But then again, if the local authority is having some kind of bad parking clampdown, you might…

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