As a local authority, you can issue a fine or take legal action against businesses for nuisance parking.
When you can take legal action
You can take legal action if a business:
- leaves 2 or more cars for sale on the road within 500 metres of each other
- repair cars on the road
When you cannot take legal action
You cannot take legal action if:
- private individuals are selling their own car on the road
- emergency repairs are being carried out within 72 hours of a breakdown or accident
Types of legal action
You can either:
- issue a £100 fixed penalty notice
- take the business to court on behalf of the complainant
Taking a business to court
If a business continues to nuisance park or does not pay a fixed penalty notice you can take them to court. You can prosecute:
- the person directly responsible for the nuisance parking
- the director, manager or secretary of the company that employs the person responsible for the nuisance parking
A magistrates’ court can issue the business with a fine of up to £2,500.
Stop a business selling vehicles on a road
If a member of the public has concerns that a business is selling a vehicle on a road, they can ask you to make a control order.
If a control order is issued, the offender must stop selling vehicles on the road and can be fined £1,000.
A control order cannot be made against:
- petrol stations
- markets where a toll or rent is payable
- lay-by refreshment stalls
If they do not stop selling vehicles within 7 days of the order
You can fine the business £10 every day until they stop.