Furious driver fined for parking ‘millimetres’ across someone’s drive

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Writing online, the woman, from Sydney, Australia, said she parked her car on the street a few weeks ago only to return to see she’d been hit with the penalty. Alongside her post, she attached a picture, claiming she was only “dusting” the line on her neighbour’s driveway by “millimetres”. 

The image showed the rear of her car hanging over the driveway, leaving a narrow space for her neighbour to drive out of.

She was fined A$283 (£166) for the parking infringement, something she called “ridiculous”.

The driver added: “This feels absolutely ridiculous and a complete money grab. Am I being unreasonable?

“My head is telling me to just pay the fine and be done but I feel like this is a real injustice?” she said in a now deleted post.

Motorists in New South Wales cannot park on or across a driveway unless they are picking up or dropping someone off.

Many in the comments were critical of the driver, with one saying “the only injustice would be not paying this fine”, the Daily Mail reported.

An increasing number of people have taken to social media to complain of drivers parking on or in front of their driveways.

In the UK, there is no criminal law against a stranger parking on a driveway without the homeowner’s consent.

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Despite this, a driveway is part of private property so therefore by driving on it the motorist would be trespassing.

If someone parks on a driveway and another driver blocks a car in, this can be classed as a criminal offence if they cause obstruction to the public highway.

Homeowners are warned not to take matters into their own hands or they could face consequences themselves.

Some have left notes on people’s windscreens to vent their frustrations at the parked car, while others have called for a car to be towed.

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Motorists are being warned that this could also lead to fines, especially if they accuse the driver or cause damage to their car.

Dominic Smith, director at Patterson Law, echoed the warning to drivers, saying drivers may be accused of an offence when leaving a note.

He said: “If the note was threatening, or abusive – especially if that abuse was racially, religiously or sexually motivated – then that might be an offence. 

“If you are going to leave a note, it’s best to leave out threats and abuse to ensure no offence is committed.”

This was seen last October near Manchester, when Ellie Newman and her sister were confronted with a note on the windscreen of their matching Range Rover Velars.

The note criticised them for taking up space on the street, when residents who live there cannot park.

It was attached to the windscreen using silicone, causing damage to their windscreens.

The two sisters said it was “criminal damage” and slammed the residents who had left the note on their car.

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