First one happened out of site of our cctv camera so it was a no go, second one we caught him on our cctv and we have filled an MIB claim. The problem is to do with how they penalise drivers based on location and demographics. They need to set one price for everyone, a decent price. The driver had valid MOT and TAX on the car, so I am assuming he simply could not afford the ridiculous rates they charge. Our premium went from 800 a year to now 2500 a year, which we can just about afford. That itself is ridiculous and unjust They should either charge a set rate or include non insured accidents in the insurance policies as standard
No worries - just responded as you were saying no option and thought you meant it was the highway - if it is private land/not adopted street then yes you be on your own from a police perceptive as they will view it solely as civil matter. It may help someone unaware of steps they can do.
Thanks for that comprehensive explanation - I probably would consider that if they hadn't moved it. I believe where I live is in fact an unadopted road and private land not the public highway (that's why I didn't want to bother the police even before I saw that). Also I didn't actually know which **** had parked there at the time til this mess walked out of one of the flats, had I walked off I wouldn't have known or been able to identify them. The problem with all of this, especially when it's with people who just don't care and knowing I do care, and also knowing where I live, the repercussions can be variable - from verbal abuse, to keying my car, to egging my house (just to clarify none of that happened, but when you're considering what 'less fortunate' people might do, it seems plausible at least). Weighing it up, is it worth kicking off? Probably not. Also getting their car towed off - I reckon they would just let it happen, buy another £100 POS and do it again next week.
There is actually something you can do in this situation. It will not be on the top of priorities to the police but parking causing an unnecessary obstruction (rule 242) and blocking an entrance (rule 243) is in the highway code. The highway code is not civil but criminal law making it a matter for the police. It, however, will not be top of their agenda or should it be i.e. the option between the guy getting mugged down the street compared to you being inconvenienced will have differing priorities If this were to repeatedly happen then the advise is take evidence , discuss with the person committing the criminal act to enlighten them that if required you will get the police to intervene albeit would prefer not to either waste their time or for the owner to incur the costs. Failing that, and over 20 minutes, it is one for the police quoting the highway code and pose the question to them as you report the incident what do they advise you do as you need to move as per your right and if not responding per the incident are they condoning/authorising you take the matter into your own hands? (this query places a query on the onus of liability and forces their hand) In this situation they will send a patrol as soon as viable (i.e. unlikely Friday evening), if indeed still blocking they will ticket, if still blocking 90 minutes later then the chances of it being towed is quite high. At the point the owner returns to no vehicle, reports missing is where find they need to make their way to the nearest lockup and pay a nice amount for the privilege. Now if they parked on your drive that would be a civil matter and you are on your own.
Sure - but to say it's a good deal is laughable. Irrelevant to this discussion.