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Is it ever acceptable to park over someone's drive?

By November 24, 2017


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If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen my recent tweets about people parking over my drive and just how much it irritates me. Coincidentally, a few days after my last moan about it, a story was in the press about a note that someone left on an ambulance's windscreen after they parked over said individual's drive in order to treat a critically ill patient, who sadly passed away. This then got me thinking about whether it is ever acceptable to park over someone's drive.

A few weeks ago, I was reversing out of my drive when a car came swerving up the payment and came to an abrupt stop. The female driving, grabbed her child from the car and went flying across the road. First of all, I was annoyed because she clearly wasn't looking where she was going and because I could have hit her. I had my baby, dog and my mum in the car with me and we could have been injured due to her lack of attention. Secondly, I was furious because she was blocking me in! So I got out of the car and shouted excuse me at her. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd expect a 'sorry' at the very least and a 'I'll move it right away', but no, not this woman. She shouted that she really needed a wee and disappeared into the house. Seriously! We've all had times where we've really needed to use the bathroom, but we don't all drive recklessly and are rude with it. In the end her mother came and moved the car, but neither she nor her daughter apologised.

A couple of weeks later, the woman was back over our drive, this time dropping her child off at his grandparent's. This time I was in the house in my pyjamas, so I couldn't say anything, but a made a point of staring at her from the window - not that she cared, mind! Then a few hours later, a 4x4 with a trailer came along and blocked both our drive and our neighbour's drive for half an hour while they picked up some furniture from another house across the road from us. Now you'd think we lived in a road with no decent on-street parking, wouldn't you? But that's not the case at all! There's plenty!

So is there ever justification for blocking someone's drive? 

See, I'm the kind of person who doesn't even park over someone's drive when they don't have a drop kerb, so my answer to this question is a definite no!

I do however completely agree and support the emergency services in the case of the aforementioned article. They need to act quickly and get to their patients asap and parking shouldn't be their top priority. We had an ambulance block our drive last year when they were rushing to get to to the pregnant woman across the road just before I was leaving for work, but I didn't moan about it and I didn't go and interrupt them from providing care to my neighbour. I simply waited for them to do their job, sure that my boss would understand why I was late.

I'd love to here what you all think about other people parking over your drive. Does it annoy you as much as it annoys me or is it just one of those things?

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36 comments

  1. Oh gosh this must be so frustrating, you think they would be polite first and ask the owner if it is ok X #honeybeelinky

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    1. See, I wouldn't mind that, but people just don't seem to bother!

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  2. I can relate so much to this post! I live right next to a school and the ammount of parent that park so dangerously in the close and over my drive or on my drive!!! Even when i have gone out and tolld them the abuse i have got, now i take a picture and tell them if they dont move or park there again i will report them. One our my neighbours even got run over by a car not looking... luckily wasnt a child!

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    1. It must be awful being next to a school. We've got one around the corner and parents park wherever they want and block the road. I try to avoid the road at school opening and finishing times. Your poor neighbour! How awful! I hope they're okay.

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  3. When we used to drop our boys to school in the car (before we gave that up and started walking!) there were plenty of parents who parked over drives while they dropped off their kids. We didn't as we thought it would really annoy us if we lived there. Some people are very selfish. I am sure you would have accommodated those who have parked over your driveway if they had asked for permission and told you how long they would be.

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    1. The roads around schools seem to be worse from what I've seen. Yes, of course.

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  4. Oh my word I wouldn't be able to keep calm. Mainly because I would be fine with it if I was asked, as that is all that out would take, not asking is 100% unacceptable. #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. I try to stay calm but it's so difficult!

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  5. This would be so annoying I'll like if they asked me first. I live on a busy road opposite a busy pub so its usual for my driveway to be blocked! #twinklytuesday

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    1. Oh no! That's so unfair for people to do that.

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  6. This is so annoying, that and when people park on the road but park in the middle where two cars could fit.

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  7. Unless it’s the emergency services then no, it’s never acceptable. The street where my son’s school is is terrible. There are very few places to park up and drop children off as the majority of the street has dropped curbs to people’s drives but most people manage. There are a few repeat offenders however who do block people’s drives and we are always getting letters home from the school reminding people not to do it. Now the local police make an appearance every now and then to keep an eye as well. I honestly don’t understand some people’s complete disregard for others.
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    1. School areas seem to be one of the worse affected from what I've seen/heard from others, which really isn't fair on the residents.

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  8. Yes it certainly does annoy me especially as those concerned have a driveway they created for the purposes of parking! #FamilyFunLinky

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  9. I'm amazed when people park over drives - I've never seen someone do it but I've heard it happen to lots of people! Aside from the emergency services, the only other instance I can think of is our immediate neighbour - she has a driveway but doesn't park a car on her drive, as it's a victorian house and the driveway isn't actually wide enough to accommodate her car. So she parks in the road and never uses it. If all of the spaces on the road are taken I will park across her driveway (as she does too), but we know each other and are both happy with that! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Sounds like a good agreement you've got with your neighbour :)

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  10. Thankfully we don't have that problem - big farm drive to park on. But it would drive me mad. I'd never dream of parking across someone's drive unless they said it was ok. You're within your right to complain to someone - not sure if it's the council or police, but if there's a drop kerb they're going against the rules of the road.

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    1. You're lucky you don't get that problem living on a farm :)

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  11. I never park over someone's drive. I think emergency vehicles should be allowed to park wherever they need to. But the other week, a bin lorry blocked me in just as I needed to get my daughter to school. It was infuriating. We live in cul-de-sac so there was no other way for me to go, I just had to wait while they emptied all the bins on the street (about 20) - that was really frustrating and we ended up being late for school for the first time. #sharingthebloglove

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    1. Oh no! Bin lorrys are awful for doing that! I hope the school was understanding.

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  12. I would never dream of doing this and I'm shocked that people do this on a regular basis. Why would they think it's ok? I would be really mad! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Unfortunately, it happens a lot. It's always happening at my parent's too as they live across the road from a shop.

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  13. Oh I would find this infuriating!! I would be tempted to set up camp at the front door ready to pounce. Do they think you don't mind being trapped in your house - what if you had an emergency? I would print out a note and place one on her wind screen each and every time she does it until she gets fed up with it and stops. #SharingtheBlogLove

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  14. I get annoyed when there is a lack of parking space in our turning, let alone someone in front of our house! I agree with letting emergency services park anywhere and everywhere but the general public - there is no excuse!! #sharingthebloglove

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  15. Hi, we used leave near a school and it could happen to us, soo annoying and frustrating. it is only acceptable in an emergency #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. School areas tend to be one of the worse areas for it. Thank you for commenting.

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  16. I hate when people park over the end of my drive, I have been known to leave notes on windows and go out just to prove a point haha! #SharingtheblogLove

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    1. I think that's a good thing to do - I'm going to have to try that myself.

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  17. I would be incredibly annoyed too! Emergency services - yes no problem but a child needing a wee isn’t an excuse for driving recklessly. X
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    1. Oh, it wasn't the child, it was the mother that needed a wee! Thank you for commenting :)

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  18. I get so irate. We share a driveway with our neighbour and they often park on our half. It makes me want to go out and drive somewhere just to make a point #sharingthebloglove

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    1. That seems to happen a lot with shared driveways!

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