Found 13th Oct 2008
I heard somewhere that you can not be liable if you crash, or have an accident in a supermarket car park is that true?

I know it used to be true but is it stil;l;?

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why? u planning to do one?

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planning no. done..no.....kinda done...yes

They are private land and so many rules of the highway code etc don't necessarily apply. That said, you are still in charge of the vehicle and responsible for it, you could still be sued or claimed against and I'm willing to bet if you mow someone down you would still be charged with murder/dangerous driving etc etc

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jah128;3188044

They are private land and so many rules of the highway code etc don't … They are private land and so many rules of the highway code etc don't necessarily apply. That said, you are still in charge of the vehicle and responsible for it, you could still be sued or claimed against and I'm willing to bet if you mow someone down you would still be charged with murder/dangerous driving etc etc



As far as i'm aware the law changed a while ago and now they are classed, in law, as a road. You can still make insurance claims etc. Just like you can get done for driving without insurance etc.

You know it used to be true! When was that?

If you cause damage as a result of your negligence then you'd be liable. I would imagine that you couldn't, for instance, be prosecuted for a road traffic act offence in a supermarket car park but that's rather different to civil liability.

colinsunderland;3188078

As far as i'm aware the law changed a while ago and now they are classed, … As far as i'm aware the law changed a while ago and now they are classed, in law, as a road. You can still make insurance claims etc. Just like you can get done for driving without insurance etc.



Oh carp, really? Ignore what I said then, thanks for putting me right! Better find somewhere else to practice driving in the future :whistling:

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Before their was a case where someone bumped someone elses car and they went to claim for it but couldn't because it was in a sainsburys car park and therefore they could not be liable.

Before you ask me to back it up i can't it was a story my mum told me about her friend.

I've never heard of that before ? :? sounds very unlikely imo

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Yes, it used to be classed as private prorperty and car insurance was void ....but now you can claim if someone hits you, I was recently called as a witness when an old boy went out of control in his automatic car and put it in drive by mistake, he put his foot hard on the acclerator instead of the brake!!!! I was surprised no-one was hurt, he tried to drive away in the wrecked vehicl, swearing at anyone and everyone.

My sister had a prang in Tescos by someone not using the arrows and going the wrong way. We learnt from that, that the rules applied to the normal highway apply to carparks used by the public and so she was able to claim. Hope this helps.

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direct.gov.uk/en/…869

Most of the provisions apply on all roads throughout Great Britain, … Most of the provisions apply on all roads throughout Great Britain, although there are some exceptions. The definition of a road in England and Wales is ‘any highway and any other road to which the public has access and includes bridges over which a road passes’ (RTA 1988 sect 192(1)). In Scotland, there is a similar definition which is extended to include any way over which the public have a right of passage (R(S)A 1984 sect 151(1)). It is important to note that references to ‘road’ therefore generally include footpaths, bridleways and cycle tracks, and many roadways and driveways on private land (including many car parks). In most cases, the law will apply to them and there may be additional rules for particular paths or ways. Some serious driving offences, including drink-driving offences, also apply to all public places, for example public car parks.

Didn't know any of this... you learn something new everyday...
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