Do you know how the law works if I park outside the gate of my own driveway only obstructing myself?

Do you know how the law works if I park outside the gate of my own yard, only obstructing myself? The pavement ends, then there is my yard entrance, then the pavement starts again. When I'm across the gate I am partially off the road but partially across (if it was carrying on across my gate) the pavement. There is no pavement though - only the yard entrance.

Asked on 8 May 2019 by rach

Answered by Georgia Petrie
Our understanding of the law is that you're in the clear. Parking on the pavement is an issue: 'You must not stop or park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it,' says Rule 244 of the Highway Code. It is also an offence (under section 72 of the Highways Act 1835) to drive onto the pavement, even if you aren't intending to park. The Highway Code's Rule 243 states that you should 'not stop or park where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles, or where it would obstruct cyclists except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.' However, as you don't sound like your parking on the pavement or across a dropped kerb, we think you should be fine. You can see our full guide to Parking Rights here:

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