Homeowner Calls Police After Finding Stranger's Car On Her Drive
It might seem like a rather extreme course of action to take but this homeowner called the police when she found a stranger's car parked on her driveway. Bit of a weird one.
At least she didn't vandalise it like some lovely people in Liverpool did a few months ago. Every cloud and all that.
No, Natalie Robbins called the cops but she got a shock when she found out that the law was definitely not on her side and apparently it's not illegal to park on someone else's drive without warning.
Natalie found the Vauxhall outside her home in Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire on Friday night.
She uploaded a picture of the vehicle to Facebook and asked: "Does anybody know whose car this is? Been parked on my drive since last night. Police have been notified."
And informed as they were, the police are said to have told her that parking on someone else's drive is not illegal. It's just down right rude and means you will 100 per cent be going to hell - if you're cool with that then crack on.
According to Grimsby Live, she was informed that she was within her rights to move the vehicle herself, but had to ensure it did not sustain any damage. What a reasonable request.
A Facebook user commented: "That's mad! It's not as if you live in the town centre or next to a football ground! I don't get why anyone would want to park on your drive!
"Can only guess they have left it thinking it's a friends house or something." (sic) They might just think it's a nice-looking drive.
Another said: "Some people are unbelievable."
A third added: "If its in the way put window through and push it out in middle of the road. Police will soon have it shifted." (sic)
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Oh no, the only thing happening in that instance is Natalie would be nicked for criminal damage.
Other people suggested blocking the car in so that it couldn't move, while some wondered who would have the nerve to park on a stranger's driveway.
Natalie revealed the Vauxhall has since been towed from her drive.
According to advice from The RAC, in the eyes of the law a person parking on somebody else's driveway is committing an act of trespass, as reported by the Sun.
Trespass, however, is considered a civil and not a criminal offence meaning it would not be dealt with by police. Parking enforcement is the responsibility of local authorities.
But, when a car is on a drive, it's technically on private property - which the council has no authority over. What a fabulous bit of news.
Where a vehicle has been abandoned, your local council would be required to move it regardless of whether it's on public or private land, but if the car has up-to-date tax, insurance, MOT and isn't in a dangerous condition, the council is powerless to do anything.
You are entitled to have it removed. But remember - don't damage it. Golden rule 101.
Bring on the next person parking on my drive. I've got my weapon ready. And by weapon I mean contact details to my local council. Oh wait, they won't do anything either.
Don't go getting any ideas - remember you'll go to hell, we promise.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Natalie Robbins
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