Using wheelie bins, cones or other objects to reserve a parking space near your house or workspace could see drivers fined as it may be seen as causing a dangerous obstruction on the road.

Ten Strangest UK Parking Laws

Drivers wanting to steer clear of hefty parking fines have been urged to get to grips with ten of the parking laws in the UK.

Researchers from LeaseVan.co.uk have revealed some of the lesser known parking laws that apply in the UK and advised vehicle owners to take note or risk being caught out by authorities.

Vehicles parked on a road where the speed limit is more than 30mph, facing away from the traffic or outside of a designated parking area should technically have their side lights left on overnight, to help prevent a nasty collision.

1. Leave the lights on

Vehicles parked on a road where the speed limit is more than 30mph, facing away from the traffic or outside of a designated parking area should technically have their side lights left on overnight, to help prevent a nasty collision.
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Drivers and passengers need to check all their mirrors before exiting a parked vehicle, as its always the occupants responsibility to make sure that opening doors wont impede passing pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles.

2. Check all mirrors

Drivers and passengers need to check all their mirrors before exiting a parked vehicle, as its always the occupants responsibility to make sure that opening doors wont impede passing pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles.
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Though its commonplace on tight residential streets across the country, parking on the pavement has been outlawed by default in London since the 1970s unless permission is otherwise granted. For the rest of the UK, the practice isnt allowed where it might cause an obstruction.

3. Avoid the pavement

Though its commonplace on tight residential streets across the country, parking on the pavement has been outlawed by default in London since the 1970s unless permission is otherwise granted. For the rest of the UK, the practice isnt allowed where it might cause an obstruction.
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Bad drivers who essentially abandon their vehicle in the middle of the road by parking more than 50cm away from the kerb could be faced with an immediate on the spot fine.

4. Hug the kerb

Bad drivers who essentially abandon their vehicle in the middle of the road by parking more than 50cm away from the kerb could be faced with an immediate on the spot fine.
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