Angry motorists slam parents for parking across a drive – ‘so selfish’

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Writing on Mumsnet, the driver questioned whether she could do anything to stop people from parking on her driveway, or whether she had to “suck it up”. She said that when she works from home or is off work, parents park across her driveway at 9am and 3pm every day when dropping off and picking up their kids.

She said that it was always different cars and different parents, but that the situation happens nearly every day.

The driver acknowledged that the drive cam fit two cars on, so most of the time they aren’t blocking her car.

Despite this, she remains frustrated as it blocks the rest of the space so no other car can get onto the drive.

She added: “I have asked a couple of times politely when they got back to their car not to block it and they apologise and whatever. 

“I did email the school just to ask if they can put a reminder in their newsletter.”

The frustrated homeowner said parents also park on bends and junctions, making it difficult to get around.

It is not illegal for someone to park across a driveway if there is a dropped kerb.

She asked the other forum members if they had any advice or if there was anything she could do to stop this from happening.

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However, if the wheel is over the dropped kerb, they are committing a driving offence.

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.

Some suggested going outside and speaking to the parents and asking them to park elsewhere.

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One driver asked: “Have you got a dropped kerb? Have you got signs up saying your blocking drive access needed at all times?

“People are so selfish. How would they like it done to them. Tell them it’s a blocking offence and ring the police. 

“Give the police the reg number over the phone and ask them to contact the owner. They can ring the owner and ask them to move their car.”

Others told the driver to park in the other space in a bid to get the parents to park somewhere different.

A third commenter claimed: “Contact your police community support officer, Google will have their number, and discuss it with them. 

“Ours often hangs around outside the school at pick-up time to monitor the situation and will have a chat with people parking across junctions, on double yellows, across driveways, etc.

“Speak to the school also as they can issue out a reminder to parents about parking, it is in their interests to maintain good relationships with neighbouring properties.

“Obviously you expect heavier traffic at drop off and pick up times but they should not be blocking driveways or causing an obstruction at junctions.”

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