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You risk a £100 fine for parking even if there are no queues or signs

You risk a £100 fine for parking even if there are no queues or signs

Drivers who park in a hurry face a £100 fine and three points on their licence – even if they are not parked on yellow lines. Sometimes drivers are tempted to park quickly – especially if they are only staying for a few minutes.

But if a car is causing an obstruction, it becomes a police matter – even if there are no obvious road markings to signal restrictions. And the offence of “Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position” attracts an immediate £100 fine, as well as three points on your driving licence that remain on record for four years.




The warning comes from automotive experts Select Car Leasing, who have urged hungry drivers to be considerate when picking up food, particularly as the UEFA Euro 2024 final weekend approaches.

Graham Conway, managing director of Select Car Leasing, says: “You might just be popping into a local restaurant to grab a curry or a kebab, but if you park inconsiderately you risk breaking the law.

“Even if you haven’t parked in one or two yellow lines – which could result in a fine from your local council – if you’ve stopped in the middle of the road, blocked another driver, obstructed a pavement, parked on a blind bend or parked your vehicle in a pothole, that’s an offence under the Traffic Act 1988.

“And if you get fined £100, get points on your driving licence and have more expensive car insurance, your takeaway dinner will end up looking like a very expensive meal.”

The Road Traffic Act states: “If a person in charge of a vehicle causes or permits the vehicle or a trailer drawn by it to remain stationary on a road in such a position or in such a condition or in such circumstances as to involve danger of injury to other persons using the road, he is guilty of an offence.”

The Highway Code, meanwhile, adds: “You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction to the road.”