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What can you do if someone parks on your driveway?
Someone parking without permission on your driveway is a hugely annoying problem, and one that nobody wants to deal with. It’s not unusual for those affected to consider calling the police, especially if it’s happening frequently. Unfortunately, you’ll probably find that the police won’t generally be able to do all that much to help.
So, what are your alternatives?
At Bollard Security, we’re firm believers that prevention is better than cure, and our driveway parking posts and bollards provide the perfect deterrent from pesky parkers. Our fantastic driveway bollards are chiefly used for residential driveways, though they’re also employed in various other types of public or private environments. In many ways, prevention is pretty straightforward. On the other hand, if someone’s car is already parked, things become a little trickier.
Can the law help you out at all?
As we’ve touched on above, there’s not a lot that the law can do in this situation. But, we can hear you asking, why is that? Well to give you the short answer, there’s actually no criminal law against parking your vehicle on someone else’s driveway. It’s classed as a civil case, not a criminal one, so it’s out of the police’s hands for the most part.
You can theoretically move a car that’s parked on your drive, but the law says that you’re not allowed to damage it in any way – even if it’s on your property!
Generally, immediate legal intervention isn’t a realistic course of action. However, you can pursue a civil case for trespassing. If the courts rule in your favour, it’s possible that a solicitor could get the civil courts permission to find the owner of the vehicle, and have them remove it.
Another option is to pursue a legal claim for nuisance behaviour, on the grounds that the driver is interfering with your use and enjoyment of your property.
They’re all viable options that may well get results. But it’s important to keep in mind that legal processes can be lengthy and expensive, so we’d advise weighing up your options before going down this road.
And bear in mind that even though there’s not a lot that the police can do to help, they do advise that you seek out legal council before pursuing any action. Even though they can’t help you directly, they can advise you on the steps you should take to get rid of the trespassing vehicle.
For example, if you were thinking of hiring a tow truck to remove the vehicle from your drive, they’d probably advise against it, because if you accidentally damaged the vehicle in the process, the owner could sue you for vandalising their car!
Prevention is better than cure
This old saying rings as true today as it ever did. For over 15 years here at Bollard Security, we’ve been supplying, installing, and maintaining security solutions within the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors throughout the UK. We know what it takes to stop unwanted visitors on your driveway.
As Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, puts it: “While clamping, or even the threat of clamping is no longer an option, a physical barrier such as a collapsible bollard, fencing or gate should act as a deterrent.” We couldn’t agree more.
We carry huge stock of all types of bollards including telescopic, anti ram, bolt down, static and automatic bollards. Check out our products online, or alternatively, you can call up one of our in-house experts on 01535 509001 – we’re always happy to see how we can help!