Monthly Archives: October 2021

Drivers can cause outrage by parking on other’s private driveways, so what can homeowners do to get rid of pesky unwanted parkers?

Car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com are providing insight into the bizarre legal loophole surrounding parking laws. 

A number of UK households have been stuck with the issue of coming home to see someone else has parked on their private property. 

Although it might be assumed a quick call to the authorities would solve this issue, homeowners are often faced with the unfortunate news that a legal loophole means the act can go unpunished. 

A spokesman for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “Unfortunately, many homeowners stuck with someone else parked on their driveway are turned away from local authorities and councils as they have no authority to remove vehicles from private properties. 

“Although this act can very often go unpunished, there are some things irritated homeowners can do to help avoid this problem happening to them again.”

When a motorist parks on someone else’s driveway there is very little chance of the law getting involved. This is because the council has no authority over private property and cannot dictate or control access. 

However, If the car is parked on a public road blocking a driveway, the driver is committing a parking offence. In these circumstances, local authorities have the power to get involved and issue a fine to the motorist. 

If a homeowner suspects the vehicle has been abandoned, their local council would be required to move the car regardless of its position on private or public land. However, if the car has up to date MOT, tax, insurance and is not in a position where it could cause danger to anyone around, the council are again powerless.

While there is no criminal law against a stranger parking on a driveway without the homeowner’s consent, a driveway is a part of private property so by driving on to it the unwanted motorist is committing an act of trespassing.

Trespassing is classed as a civil offence rather than a criminal offence, this means that the police do not have the power to make an arrest. 

The only way courts would have jurisdiction to remove the car from the driveway would be if the homeowner decided to pursue a civil case for trespassing. 

This would involve a solicitor from the homeowner’s side getting the civil court’s permission to find out the legal owner of the unknown vehicle and the court would then need to make an order to remove the vehicle. 

Alternatively, the affected party could pursue a legal claim for nuisance behaviour. This would need to be on the grounds that the driver is interfering with the use and enjoyment of the property. 

Homeowners should be aware pursuing action through the courts can be a long and potentially costly process if they do not have legal expenses insurance.

In the hope of catching the driver of the unwanted vehicle and discussing the issue sensibly, homeowners can park their car behind the vehicle of the perpetrator. 

The best thing for the owner of the driveway to do is keep calm and try to not let the situation escalate. They should most certainly not take the law into their own hands as this can very often result in them committing criminal offences themselves. 

Failing this, installing a locked fence around the driveway could give homeowners the peace of mind that no one is able to park outside their property whilst their vehicle is off the driveway.

The team at www.billplant.co.uk undertook a Freedom of Information request with councils all over England* to determine the extent of the pothole crisis, finding out just how many potholes were fixed throughout 2020, how many complaints were received and, following on from this, how many claims were made for compensation, along with how much was paid out in compensation.

From the data that was collected, the research reveals that there were more than 816,000 potholes fixed across England. The areas that fixed the most potholes were found to be:

  1. Nottinghamshire – 100,262
  2. Derbyshire – 98,382
  3. Lincolnshire – 70,893
  4. Cambridgeshire – 64,625
  5. Devon – 60,202

With many people suffering at the hands of potholes on England’s roads, there were more than 240,000 complaints made to local councils. The most complaints were made in the following areas:

  1. Surrey – 64,100
  2. Kent – 20,953
  3. East Sussex – 19,491
  4. Hampshire – 15,808
  5. Derbyshire – 14,156

Lastly, the research revealed just how many claims for compensation were made to councils as a result of injury and vehicle damage. With more than £862,000 paid out in 2020, the below locations were the ones found to have paid out the highest sums of compensation**:

  1. Lincolnshire – £218,617.63 (1,491 claims received)
  2. Oxfordshire – £79,339.00 (750 claims received)
  3. Staffordshire £66,186.00 (1,186 claims received)
  4. Cambridgeshire – £60,073.80 (586 claims received)
  5. Derbyshire – £55,054.89 (547 claims received)

More findings (including top 10s and infographics) can be found at www.billplant.co.uk/blog/how-bad-is-the-pothole-crisis-here-in-england

Tom Hixon, Head of Instructor Support at www.billplant.co.uk, commented on the findings:

“Potholes are such a danger on our roads in the UK – they can damage suspensions, axles and wheels, with accidents typically occurring by drivers trying to avoid them.

“Due to the significant road safety issues they can present, local authorities should better plan resources to address potholes – especially when you look at the level of compensation being paid out in just one year.

“Whilst we encourage pupils learning to drive to have driving lessons in varying conditions, we all should expect the road surfaces to be safe and fit for purpose.”

* Not all Freedom of Information requests were fulfilled

** Not all claims were successful, and many were still under review at the time of the research being collected.

  • 23% of car owners say they have bought their car a Christmas present in the past
  • More than four in ten greet their cars when they walk up to it
  • 25% of owners have named their cars
  • Car personality is the biggest reason Brits name their cars, with Ford owners most likely to name theirs 

A new survey asking 1,000 car owners how they treat their vehicles has found that 23% of car owners have bought Christmas presents for their cars in the past. 

A mixture of maintenance gifts and ‘sprucing up’ products, like new wiper blades and air fresheners, are just some of the Yuletide presents that Brits like to give to their beloved vehicles over the winter period.

A further 23% say they haven’t bought their cars Christmas presents but would like to in the future. 

Interestingly, more than four in ten (42%) of British drivers also say they routinely greet their cars when they walk up it, with Londoners (67%) being the main region of vehicle greeters.

When gender was analysed, the survey by Vertu Motors found that men are most likely to greet their cars. They are also the most likely to buy their cars Christmas presents. 

However, men aren’t always showing affection to their vehicles, with nearly three-quarters (73%) admitting they show anger or resentment towards their car if it performs badly, suggesting men have a strong emotional connection with their cars regardless of circumstance.

Women are more likely to name their car because they think it has a personality, whereas men prefer to name theirs after a person or object, such as a favourite film, music artist, or beloved relative.

The survey further found that young car owners (18-24 years) are the most sentimental towards their cars. Out of all the age groups, they are most likely to name their car, greet their car, and buy it a Christmas present. They are also the age group most likely to name their next vehicle.

When asked about naming conventions, the survey found a quarter of Brits (25%) have named their car in the past and 63% are likely to name their next car. 

Some of the top reasons Brits said they name their car are:

1The name fits the car’s “personality”38 %
2Because of the colour of the car26 %
3Because I like to think of my car as a member of the household26 %
4Named it after a character from my favourite film21 %
5Named it after a beloved family member19 %

Of all car models, Ford owners are most likely to name their vehicles, with 36% saying they have named their Ford motors at some point.

The most sentimental time for car owners is that fateful first car, with almost two-thirds (61%) of Brits saying they named their first car.

Vertu Motors spokesperson commented:

“It is wonderful to see so many car owners not only naming their vehicles, but also treating them to special gifts and treating them like one of the family.

“The sentimentality that many of us share with our motors remains strong for the majority of Brits, from the very first car and beyond. 

“More than just being a means of transport, our cars become our closest allies in times of need and often become a focal feature of many car owners’ biggest life events. There is a strong bond there, which we completely understand here at Vertu Motors.”

In its current ownership for the last 17 years, this Series 1 was delivered new to Greenham’s of Shrewsbury in May 1950 with the original registration GNT 117. It was subsequently re-registered in 1986 having spent some years in Yorkshire where it was used in the first series of Heartbeat.  It will be sold at Cheffins Vintage Sale on 23rd October.

The Land Rover appeared in Series 2, episode 5 with Nick Berry.

1950 1600cc Land Rover Series I 80ins petrol Light 4×4

Reg. No. ESU 807

Chassis No. 06111599

A matching numbers vehicle with the original 1600cc engine reconditioned a few years ago and has been used very little since. The iconic lights through grille model is stated to be in good solid running order with some rust on the internal footwells on bulkhead.

Estimate: £14,000 – £16,000

It is being sold by a local classic car and vehicle collector.

Enquiries should go to www.cheffins.co.uk or call 01353 777767

Millions of motorists are being urged to book MOT’s as the pressure of the COVID backlog starts to mount on mechanics.

The car leasing experts at LeaseCar.co.uk are encouraging drivers to book their MOT’s in as soon as possible to ease the strain on garages.

The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)  granted a six-month extension for MOT’s at the start of the pandemic which has led to experts predicting an intense surge in bookings this autumn.

This extension will change what was generally an even spread of MOT’s across the year, to a high concentration in the latter months of 2021.

The surge in demand is expected to come not from those who took advantage of the extension but for those who have a MOT due in October, November, and December.

As a result, drivers will need to book their vehicles in order to remain road legal and road safe ahead of the change in season. 

A spokesperson for LeaseCar.co.uk said: “Over the last 18 months garages have felt the pressure from the sheer volume of work that they are receiving.

“We’re encouraging those who haven’t already to book their MOT’s in good time, as to avoid the last minute rush and relieve the pressure on mechanics.

“Not only this but as we move into the autumn and winter period it’s important that our vehicles are safe for the roads especially as the conditions begin to change.

“They are simply overrun; there is no other way to put it.”

Concerns not only surround the road safety and legality of British motorists but also the mental and physical strain on the country’s mechanics.  Experts are reminding drivers to show compassion towards the automotive workforce ahead of an extremely busy period.

MOT’s must be renewed every 12 months unless your vehicle is less than three years old, in which case an MOT must be carried out on its third anniversary.

The fine for driving without a valid MOT certificate can be anywhere up to £2,500 and in some cases three points on your license.

According to GOV.uk the maximum charge for a car MOT is £54.85 and £29.65 for a motorcycle.