Why you can't use traffic cones to guarantee a parking space at home

It's not 'your right' to park in front of your house

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For many drivers, marking off a parking spot outside their home with cones is often the only guaranteed way to secure a space.

The practice can lead to frustrated disputes with neighbours as drivers vie for the best spots outside their houses.

See also: Woman given £100 parking fine after ten-minute McDonald's visit

See also: Drivers slapped with tickets after paying for parking by mobile

But while many may use cones or wheelie bins to reserve a space - is it likely to get you into trouble with the law?

One local authority has said the practice of 'coning off a space' is "not permitted" but drivers who do this outside their home are unlikely to be fined, Gloucestershire Live reports.

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Gloucestershire County Council insists the practice of reserving a car parking spot is not permitted

Officials from Gloucestershire County Council said they will simply remove cones if they see them occupying a spot.

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Blocking the road with traffic cones or wheelie bins is dangerous, no matter the reason behind it.

"We have had complaints about this and we address it straight away by visiting the area and speaking with resident.

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Officials from Gloucestershire County Council have said they will simply remove cones if they see them occupying a spot

"If residents do have genuine issues with parking, then we can talk through the options with them."

Commuters regularly leave their cars at Millbrook Street and Great Western Terrace in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which is a source of frustration for residents.

Mum Sophie Green, who lives in Millbrook Street, said some motorists park on the pavements outside her home which makes it virtually impossible for her to leave her terraced house.

The law around street parking

  • The bad news for people who live in town centres, where parking is often at a premium, is that unless someone is blocking your driveway – or their wheel is over the dropped kerb to your house – they are not doing anything wrong.
  • The police are keen to remind people that it's not 'your right' to park in front of your house - unless you have a designated parking space.
  • Unless your street is governed by residents' parking permits, any member of the public can park in your street - as long as they are complying with restrictions, and not causing obstructions.

The Highway Code says you must not park....

  • On a pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  • In marked taxi bays
  • In a cycle lane
  • On red lines
  • In spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, residents or motorbikes (unless entitled to do so)
  • Near a school entrance
  • Anywhere that would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • At or near a bus/tram stop
  • Opposite or within 10 metres of a junction
  • Over a dropped kerb
  • In front of the entrance to a property

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