Many homeowners get outraged when strangers park on their private driveways.
Often it can be a local delivery driver dropping off a parcel but sometimes a car parked in the wrong spot can result in people not being able to leave their homes for hours.
People may assume because the drive is on your property no one else can park on it, however, there is a legal loophole means the act can go unpunished.
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Which poses the question, what can actually be done if homeowners want to get rid of unwanted parkers?
The car experts at StressFreeCarRental.com (SFCR) have taken a deep dive into the loophole surrounding if someone else was to park on your drive.
Many of us would call the authorities to report this unknown car now taking up your space on your own drive.
But local authorities do not have the power to remove vehicles that are parked on private properties without permission, reportsWalesOnline.
Even if you think law enforcement could help there is very little chance of this happening as the council can not dictate or control access to private property.
However, all is not lost if you are facing a difficult situation and cannot access your drive, local authorities can become involved if a car is parked on a public road blocking a driveway as the drive is committing a parking offence and they will be likely fined for this.
Another condition in which could be helped is if the homeowner suspects the vehicle has been abandoned, their local council will be required to move the car despite if it is on private or public land.
However, if the car has a valid and up to date, MOT, tax and insurance and is not in a position to cause danger to anyone, the council would again be powerless.
A spokesman for SFCR said: "Unfortunately, many homeowners stuck with someone else parked on their driveway are turned away from local authorities and councils as they have no authority to remove vehicles from private properties.
"Although this act can very often go unpunished, there are some things irritated homeowners can do to help avoid this problem happening to them again."
There is no criminal law against a stranger parking on a driveway without the homeowner’s consent, however, a driveway is part of private property so therefore by driving on it the motorist would be trespassing.
Trespassing is identified as a civil offence rather than a criminal offence, therefore the police do not have the right or power to make an arrest.
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The only way courts would have jurisdiction to remove the car from the driveway would be if the homeowner decided to pursue a civil case for trespassing.
To do this the homeowners would need a solicitor to obtain the civil court’s permission to find out the legal owner of the unknown vehicle, the court would then need to make an order to have the vehicle removed.
Alternatively, the affected party could pursue a legal claim for nuisance behaviour. The driver would need to be interfering the with use and enjoyment of the property to proceed with this cause of action.
Homeowners should also be aware that pursuing legal action through courts can be a long and potentially costly process if they do not have legal expenses insurance.
Those wanting to catch the driver of the unwanted vehicle on their drive through a civil manner can park their car behind the vehicle of the perpetrator.
Homeowners are advised to stay calm and not let the situation escalate. They certainly should not try to take the law into their own hands as this can result in them committing criminal offences themselves.
If people do not want to take this action or previously failed, installing a fence around the driveway could help give the homeowners the reassurance that no one is able to park outside their property when their vehicle is not on the driveway.
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