Nuisance parking

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 introduced legislation to allow Councils to deal with people who advertise vehicles for sale or repair vehicles on a road. These are referred to as nuisance parking offences.

Advertising vehicles for sale

Some garages and businesses place cars for sale, for an extended period, on the street and in lay-bys. This can cause a significant nuisance to local residents and takes up valuable car parking spaces.

It is an offence for a business to leave two or more vehicles advertised for sale within 500 metres of each other on a road.

If a proprietor of a business advertises cars for sale on the road they can be prosecuted by the council. On conviction they can be fined up to £2,500. The council may deal with the matter by issuing a £100 fixed penalty notice (£60 for early payment).

This offence targets people who run a business and use the road to store and advertise their vehicles. It is not intended to target occasional individual private sellers of single vehicles.

Repairing vehicles on the road

It is an offence for a business to carry out restricted works on a vehicle on a road. It is also an offence to carry out such works if it causes annoyance to persons in the vicinity.

Restricted works of a vehicle or any part of a vehicle include:

  • repair
  • maintenance
  • servicing
  • improvement
  • dismantling.

A person guilty of this offence can be prosecuted by the council and on conviction can be fined up to £2,500. The council may deal with the matter by issuing a £100 fixed penalty notice (£60 for early payment).

It's not intended to target those who carry out necessary work to vehicles by the side of the road after a breakdown or accident, so long as the work is done within 72 hours.

To report vehicles for sale or vehicle repairs being carried out on a road please contact the neighbourhood enforcement team on 01753 875255.

If you have problems with vehicles obstructing the highway or if you think that a car is illegally or dangerously parked please report it to Thames Valley Police by calling 101.

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