May 27, 2022

Dealing with a car parked too close to your vehicle can be a very frustrating situation.

But can you be fined for parking too close to another car?


Parking very close to the other car can be a nuisance for more than one driver.

Can I be fined for parking too close to another car?

The Highway Code states that anyone parking on the road should travel on the road, not against the flow of traffic.

But there is no minimum requirement for distance between parked cars.

However, it is expected that drivers will provide enough space for other motorcycles to exit safely.

The advice given is usually on the ‘tire and tarmac’ lines – which means you should be able to see the tires and the road under the car parked in front of you.

Sometimes, a lot of people park on a small part of the road so the parking spaces will be narrow, which is why ‘common sense’ is required against the law.

In the event of a real emergency you can contact the police and report the vehicle as an obstruction if you cannot get on the road.

Not to mention that you shouldn’t park too close to a vehicle that has a blue badge for access reasons.

Make sure you apply the handbrake before getting out of the car and turn off the engine so that there is no accidental collision while you are leaving.

What should I do if someone bumps into my parked car?

One of the worst feelings is to come back after work and find out that someone has hit your parked car.

The government advises that if you are ‘causing damage or injury’ in an accident, you should give your name and address and vehicle registration number to someone who provides ‘reasonable grounds for their needs’. Yes, for example your insurance provider.

If the driver leaves a note or gets stuck, you need to exchange the insurance details, they can also offer to pay for the loss on the spot.

Take some photographs of the loss for the record before contacting your insurers.

Make sure you report the accident to your insurance company even if you do not intend to make a claim.

If you do not own a vehicle, you must provide the owner’s name and address.

If you do not provide your details at the time of the incident, you must report the accident to the police within 24 hours.

Your insurance company will be able to give you further advice regarding your situation.

What should I do if I hit someone’s car?

Drivers involved in an accident should wait to contact the driver of the car you are hitting.

If you can’t wait around, you should leave a note with your contact details.

Failure to do so could result in the accident being hit and run – which is against the law.

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