Crackdown on parking offence you probably aren’t aware of that could land you £1,000 fine
Traffic wardens across Britain are cracking down on an unusual parking offence that could land you a £1,000 fine.
Drivers can be penalised for parking their car the wrong way on a road at night time.
The Highway Code states that you must park the same way as the direction of traffic at night if you’re not in a marked bay.
This is outlined in Rule 248: “You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
Drivers could land a fine of £1,000 if caught parking the wrong way.
Owners of goods vehicles or passenger vehicles for over eight passengers can land a fine of £2,500.
Traffic wardens are employees of the local council and not the police.
Their responsibilities include making sure parking regulations are being followed and issuing penalty charge notices (PCNs, or fines) when they are required.
Although they have limited powers, they often work closely with the police and have been known to report incidents such as antisocial behaviour or suspicious vehicles and now they have parked cars further in their sights.
Parking facing towards the traffic on unlit roads can be dangerous claims, Scrapcarcomparison.co.uk.
It argues that these cars would be shrouded in darkness as the drivers passing by wouldn’t be able to see them properly.
“Motors parked the correct way would be visible and illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflectors,” says a spokesperson for the comparison site.
“Rule 248 of the Highway Code states “you MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space” and not many motorists are aware of this.
“We’ve dealt with cars that have been written-off due to a passing car crashing into them as they have partly stuck out from a parking space.”