How long can a car be parked without moving? | The Sun

FOR some people, parking can be the most difficulty thing about driving.

Parking rules can be difficult to wrap your head around. Here is what you need to know.

How long can a car be parked without moving?

There is no time limit to how long a car can be parked, as long as they are not breaking any parking rules for that particular road.

The car must also be taxed and insured.

If the car owner is following the rules of the Highway Code, they can leave their car in a space for as long as they want.

Although, if you think the car has been abandoned then you can report it to the police and they may have it removed.

The police judge whether a car has been abandoned based on how long it has been left unattended and a few other factors.

If the vehicle has broken windows, flat tyres, or a missing number plate, this can also indicate that it's been abandoned.

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Are there different rules for different roads?

The parking rules can change depending on where you are in the UK.

Some roads in the UK have resident permit rules.

This means that only people who live on that road and have a permit to prove it, can park there.

Similarly, some housing estates or apartment blocks have designated parking spaces, reserved for their residents.

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Other roads may require you to 'pay and display'.

This is when you have to pay for the number of hours you want to park and failing to do so might incur a parking ticket.

What can I do about a car that is parked outside my home?

If the car is blocking access to your driveway, you can write a note to the car owner asking them to move.

If this does not work, you can report this to the police as anti-social behaviour.

However, if the car is simply parked on your street and not blocking you in, the owner is not breaking any laws.

You can try and reason with the driver and ask them to vacate the spot, but it is up to them whether they move.

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But, if they park on a dropped kerb, they are breaching the highway code as these lowered kerbs exist to help wheelchair users.

In this case, you have rights to contact the police.

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