Richard Oliff: Rights and wrongs of parking

Richard investigates where you can and can't park ENGEMN00120111014152536
Richard investigates where you can and can't park ENGEMN00120111014152536

Not everyone has a divine right to park on the public highway outside their own home.

Though having said that, there is a kind of unwritten understanding between neighbours that friendly courtesy can go a long way in avoiding any form of territorial disputes.

I’m reminded, however, of an incident that occurred when I parked in a street when visiting a friend.

When I returned to my car someone else had parked their car so close to my bumper, making it impossible for me to manoeuvre in any direction.

It transpired that a neighbour of my friend had taken umbrage to my parking directly outside his home.

Alternatively there are the parking bays that are specifically reserved for residents’ parking, with vehicles displaying permits in their windscreens.

Then there are the hidden clauses when it comes to residential parking: the ones that very rarely see the light of day and almost never if ever engender discussion for fear of tempting serious fate.

These are the clauses that are tucked away, deeply buried within the “legalese” of the average title deed.

Here’s one that I found quite recently that, if enforced, could cause utter chaos throughout our land.

I quote: “Not to park or permit to be parked overnight on the Estate road any vehicle other than the vehicle of a temporary visitor to the premises”.

I’ve no idea who would enforce such a clause or what the penalty might be for overnight parking on the road outside one’s home on such an estate, but the best way of ensuring some kind of peace of mind is to purchase something like a Restrictive Covenant Indemnity Policy which may cover one for something like £150,000 for a one-off premium of around £65 (variable).

The likelihood, however, of such a clause ever being enforced is rare, but one never knows.