Hundreds of road users fined £100 for little known ‘dangerous parking’ law

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DVLA data revealed by a Freedom of Information request from Select Car Leasing shows offences are on the rise with hundreds caught out over the past couple of years. In 2016, just 57 MS10 enforcement notices for ‘leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position’ were issued to motorists.

However, this dramatically increased to 209 offences in 2018 and 802 in 2018.

A further 411 drivers were caught out by the parking charge in 2019 meaning over 1,500 have suffered at the hands of the simple fine.

Experts at Select Car leasing have warned drivers who get caught could be slapped with an on-the-spot £100 fine and up to three penalty points.

Mark Tongue, director of Select Car Leasing, said: “There’s a big difference between being bad at parking and being recklessly careless with where you leave your vehicle. That’s what we’re dealing with here.

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“We’ve all probably seen someone hogging two spaces in a supermarket car park and either shaken our head or had a little chuckle.

“But these convictions are no laughing matter. We’re talking about mothers with babies in prams having to run the gauntlet of a busy dual carriageway because there’s a van blocking the pavement.

“It might be that cars are having to swerve onto the opposite side of the road because someone has parked dangerously on a blind bend.

“Or it could also be incidents where people are misusing the motorway hard shoulder.

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“It’s uncertain whether convictions are rising in line with local police clampdowns, or because drivers’ habits are becoming poorer over time, but we’d strongly urge all road users to wise up to the dangers.”

A recent survey from Select Car Leasing found 62 percent of 2,000 respondents admitted there were parking restrictions which they found “uncomfortable”.

On top of the list was parking on a bust street, followed by the dangers of parallel parking and stopping in a multi-storey car park.

The group found Birmingham was the parking hotspot with 543 endorsements recorded over the past four years.

This eclipsed the second-highest offending region in London which recorded just 92 offences.

The offence has hit the headlines more in 2020 with many penalties being issued as a direct response to lockdown breakers.

It has been issued to those who have blocked roads at tourist hotspots depsite local restrictions to not travel. 

In July, hundreds of drivers were issued penalties for leaving their cars on clogged mountain roads near Snowdon.

Councillor Gareth Griffith said: “Motorists who ignore parking restrictions on these narrow mountain roads are endangering other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and cause serious access issues for emergency service vehicles.”

Parking restrictions were also issued in Devon and Cornwall as holidaymakers flocked to beaches despite car parks being closed in many areas.

North Devon Police previously tweeted: “Sadly every double yellow line from Woolacombe to Morthoe is covered with cars and vans.

“Cars mounting pavements to get by whilst pedestrians try to cross the road. All the offences have been recorded and will be processed in due course.”

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