Parked car causing obstruction? Your rights explained as neighbour leaves angry note

A furious neighbour told a local driver to move his car through an angry note.

The neighbour, described as the “vehicle police”, noticed that the motorist’s car was outside their home outside Glasgow and left an angry note claiming that the car should be moved.

As reported by the Express, the neighbour claimed the location of the car had been photographed as evidence

The driver, meanwhile, had put their car only “six houses down” from his own house on the same street.

Parking outside someone’s home in the wrong way can be a bit of a nightmare for the residents that live there, but should be no problem at all if it is done in the correct manner.

So should motorists be forced to move their car if parked outside someone’s home on a public street?

Can I park outside someone’s home?
It turns out that much of what was claimed in the note left by the neighbour was incorrect and the driver had every right to park outside his home.

The neighbour claimed: “This vehicle has been abandoned in a through road.

“The vehicle is causing an obstruction and is parked on one or more of the following inconsiderate or illegal ways – on a pavement, too close to a junction or too close to a driveway – and has been photographed as evidence.”

However, Citizens Advice Scotland have since said that in this case, there was no problem.

A CAS spokesman said: “You don’t have an automatic right to park directly outside your home or to prevent others from doing so.”

This went against what the angry note stated.

It read: “If you do not live at this part of [the street] you have absolutely no right to leave your vehicle parked here. Kindly remove your vehicle by close of play on January 4, 2022.

“Or its presence shall be reported to the relevant authorities and its uplift and impounding requested.”

When can’t I park outside someone’s home?

There are occasions when a person cannot roll up their vehicle to the front of someone’s house.

Motorists cannot block someone’s driveway and parking in some streets may be prohibited. Certain spaces may also be reserved for residents.

Citizens Advice said: “For example, a blue badge holder may have a designated parking space.”

It should be clear to people through signs about the rules of parking on a given street and it also matters how you park.

The RAC said : “It is perfectly legal to park outside someone’s house, unless the vehicle is blocking a driveway or a wheel is over a dropped kerb.

“Other situations in which parking isn’t permitted include streets governed by residents’ parking permits or any of the restrictions outlined above, i.e. double yellow lines.”