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Neighbour Parking Conflicts and Disputes

Respect your neighbour and hopefully, they will respect you – it’s pretty standard behaviour. Unfortunately, however, theory and practice don’t always unite, as one in three disagreements that occur between neighbours is related to parking or cars.

With more and more household having two or more cars, houses and driveways getting smaller and cars getting bigger, is it any real wonder that conflicts can occur on an all too regular basis?  According to an AA survey in 2020 they found that a third of people have more than one car.

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In 2013 an AA survey found that 33% of disagreements with neighbours are car related. These can be split into the following categories: Blocking access to a property or driveway (13%), parking outside a neighbour’s property (12%) and using a neighbour’s parking space (7%).

Blocking Access

Blocking access to a driveway or property is certainly guaranteed to upset your neighbours. It’s a common courtesy not to do so and the Highway code states: Rule 243 Do not Stop or Park in front of an entrance to a property.

If your neighbour does block your driveway, have a chat with them. Be polite and ask them if they could move their vehicle. Hopefully, they will be apologetic and move. If they don’t, or if they become aggressive you may find it appropriate to speak to your local police station on 101.

There are exceptions to this rule:
• A visitor to your property can park across the end of your drive, with your permission
• Emergency Vehicles can block your driveway if necessary
• Delivery drivers loading/unloading for a reasonable length of time (approx. 20 minutes)
• Any vehicle undertaking building, signing, utilities or sewer works or collecting refuse for the council

Parking outside a neighbour’s property

Of course, it can be annoying if someone is constantly parked outside your property, especially when you have no driveway and would like to park there yourself.  However, unless you have a marked disabled spot or there are local parking restrictions then you have no automatic right to that space.

Parking etiquette and basic manners are good reasons for people to park outside their own homes rather than their neighbours, but if there is only space for one car and they have two, then there will always be an issue. You could try having a word with your neighbour, especially if they are blocking your light.

Parking Spaces

Unless you have clearly marked parking spaces that are labelled for each resident, i.e. in a block of flats, then again you have no right to a particular space.  So if someone starts parking where you have been parking for a while you will simply need to find an alternative space.

If you do find that you have issues with your neighbours when it comes to parking, speak to them, be polite and don’t threaten them. Do not retaliate by blocking their drive, parking outside their property or in their space.

Usually, these problems can be sorted out with a few carefully chosen polite words. When possible park on your own driveway and if you have space for all your vehicles make sure you park them all appropriately.

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