Traffic wardens are clamping down on drivers who break a relatively unknown Highway Code rule. As part of a national crackdown, fines of £1000 are being issued to car owners, while drivers of goods vehicles can receive a penalty of £2500 for the same offence. The charge relates to parking vehicles on the street during hours of darkness, and many people are completely unaware that they are committing an offence.
What the Highway Code says
Rule 248 of the Highway Code states
‘you must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space’
The rule applies to streets without marked parking bays and is designed to improve road safety as vehicles parked facing oncoming traffic are much harder to see in the dark. The reason for this is vehicles are fitted with red reflectors on the rear, which make them stand out when approached from behind. When parked facing traffic, there are no reflective surfaces showing which increases the likelihood of a collision.
So many people are unaware of the rule that when Scrap Car Comparison, a company based in Fareham, ran the story it was picked up and shared by 37 news titles, including four national newspapers. A spokesperson for Scrap Car Comparison said, “not many motorists are aware of this judging by the comments left on the websites which carried the story”.