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Seven of Britain’s Strangest Van Parking Laws Where Owners Can Face Thousands in Fines


Drivers have been urged to brush up on their motoring knowledge or risk facing £1,000 fines for breaking some of Britain’s strangest parking laws.

Motoring experts at LeaseVan have identified some of the country’s lesser-known driving laws to help drivers avoid hefty fines and penalties.

Parking next to a fire hydrant can result in on-the-spot fines of £500, and breaking exempt times on double yellow lines can lead to fixed penalty points.

Other laws, such as parking a van with a dirty number plate, can see drivers charged with a £1,000 fine if the registration is unreadable.

Tim Alcock, from LeaseVan, said: “Drivers need to brush up on their motoring laws to prevent any nasty surprises if a fine comes through the post.

“Even common mistakes such as parking too close to a fire hydrant and having a dirty van can result in hefty fines, which is why it’s essential to be vigilant when it comes to your vehicle.

“Some of these laws can result in fines of up to £1,000, points on your license and eventually a driving ban if continuously broken.”

Here Are Seven of Britain’s Strangest Van Parking Laws:

  1. Parking a Dirty Van

 If a vehicle is covered in dirt and grime while parked, the driver can be charged a £1,000 fine if the number plate is unreadable.

  1. Parking Close to a Fire Hydrant

 Van drivers can face £500 fines for parking near a fire hydrant as emergency services need straightforward and easy access to water for any incidents.

  1. Pavement Parking

While it’s not illegal to park your car on the pavement, it’s a criminal offence in London unless permission is otherwise granted. Vans can still be reported in cases where the vehicle is causing an obstruction.

  1. Saving Spaces

Wheelie bins, traffic cones or other objects to reserve a parking space near your house or workspace can result in fixed penalties as it can be seen as causing a dangerous obstruction on the road.

  1. Parking Heavy Vans on Grass Verges

 While rules around parking on grass verges vary between local councils, it’s generally allowed unless the van exceeds the optimal weight limit of 7.5 tonnes. Before pulling up, drivers should check the rules in the local area.

  1. Take off Air Fresheners

Motorists must remove any ornaments or air fresheners before returning to the road. Van drivers can be found guilty of careless driving under the Road Traffic Act 1988 if an accident occurs due to an obstructed view of the road.

  1. Breaking Time Limits on Double Yellows

The general rule is that vans doing light loading have 20 minutes of access on double yellows, which is extended to 40 minutes for heavy loading. Anything longer than allocated can result in penalty fines and points on the license.

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