Rip Off Britain: Lawyer Gary Rycroft gives tips on parking tickets
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A motorist questioned whether it was unreasonable for her father to have woken up his neighbours after his car was blocked in after cars parked in front of his house. Posting on Mumsnet, the driver wrote that she and her father were travelling to visit her son, who lives around two hours away.
She said that her father was ready to leave at 8am but couldn’t, given that his car was blocked in by people staying next door, which is an Airbnb rental.
He didn’t want to wake them too early as they had been drinking the night before, so didn’t knock on the door until 9:30am.
She added: “Am I being unreasonable to think he should have just woken them at his planned departure time, rather than inconvenience everyone else?
“After all, they are the ones that chose to park like that.”
Many were quick to defend the driver, saying that she wasn’t being unreasonable and had every right to be angry at the neighbours.
One commenter said: “I know this isn’t the point, but your father sounds beyond kind.
“That’s so sweet of him! I would totally have woken them up though.”
Others engaged in a debate over whether the neighbours were breaking any rules, especially if they were parked in front of a dropped kerb.
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Another commenter suggested that there were other options, saying: “If they are parked illegally wake them up.
“If not don’t wake them up as it’s your own fault if someone blocks a ‘drive’ with no dropped kerb as it isn’t a drive.”
It is not illegal to park across a driveway if there is a dropped kerb, although if the wheel is over the kerb, they are committing a driving offence.
There are two types of dropped kerbs: those for pedestrians, especially those with buggies or in wheelchairs, and those for drivers to access driveways.
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Vehicles parked across dropped kerbs can be ticketed, even if they’re not fully blocking it.
Parking very close to a dropped kerb or directly opposite it isn’t illegal, even if it restricts access.
Earlier this year, Judy and Ed Craine were shocked to receive a fine of $1,542 (£1,281) for parking in their own space.
The couple had been parking their car on a carpad outside their house in San Francisco for the past 36 years, which was the first time they were fined.
The mammoth parking fine also came with the threat of a $250 (£207) daily charge if they didn’t move their car from their own driveway.
Speaking to ABC News, the Craines claimed that authorities in San Francisco were enforcing a decades-old rule that bans motor vehicles of all kinds from being parked on a carpad unless it is accompanied by a garage or cover.
Mr Craine said: “To all of a sudden to be told you can’t use something that we could use for years, it’s startling. Inexplicable.”
In a bid to try and regain access to the parking space, the couple found a picture from 1938 which showed a car – or possibly a horse-and-buggy — pulling into the driveway of the home.
City officials told the Craines that the couple can build a cover for the carpad, or a garage, if they want to continue to park there.
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