You could be issued with a £70 fine if you park more than 50cm away from a kerb!
There are many laws and rules that motorists have to adhere to to ensure safe driving and avoid punishment but there’s one simple rule that not many drivers will be aware of and it’s to do with parking.
According to the rules, drivers could be issued with a £70 fine if they park too far away from the kerb.
A driver must not park more than 50cm away from the kerb or a fine could be handed out if caught for breaking the law.
A standard wheelie bin in the UK has a length of 58.5cm, showing how easy it is for motorists to make the mistake of parking too far away from the kerb.
Local councils back in 2012 were given the power to be able to fine motorists who park 50cm or more away from the kerb, as doing so could be deemed as ‘double parking.’
If caught, motorists could be issued with a fine of £70 for the offence and if your car causes problems for other road users, then you could also be fined for ‘causing an obstruction.’
In the Highway Code, Rule 242 states: “You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.”
The maximum fine that can be handed out for ‘causing an obstruction’, classed as Level 3 is up to £1,000, however figures related to the likelihood of a motorist being punished are not known.
So next time you pull up on the kerbside, remember not to park too far away or it could end up costing you a £70 fine or more!
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