The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 introduced legislation to allow Councils to deal with people who advertise vehicles for sale or repair vehicles on a road. These are referred to as nuisance parking offences.
Some garages and businesses place cars for sale, for an extended period, on the street and in lay-bys. This can cause a significant nuisance to local residents and takes up valuable car parking spaces.
It is an offence for a business to leave two or more vehicles advertised for sale within 500 metres of each other on a road.
If a proprietor of a business advertises cars for sale on the road they can be prosecuted by the council. On conviction they can be fined up to £2,500. The council may deal with the matter by issuing a £100 fixed penalty notice (£60 for early payment).
This offence targets people who run a business and use the road to store and advertise their vehicles. It is not intended to target occasional individual private sellers of single vehicles.
It is an offence for a business to carry out restricted works on a vehicle on a road. It is also an offence to carry out such works if it causes annoyance to persons in the vicinity.
Restricted works of a vehicle or any part of a vehicle include:
A person guilty of this offence can be prosecuted by the council and on conviction can be fined up to £2,500. The council may deal with the matter by issuing a £100 fixed penalty notice (£60 for early payment).
It's not intended to target those who carry out necessary work to vehicles by the side of the road after a breakdown or accident, so long as the work is done within 72 hours.
To report vehicles for sale or vehicle repairs being carried out on a road please contact the neighbourhood services enforcement team on 01753 875255.
If you have problems with vehicles obstructing the highway or if you think that a car is illegally or dangerously parked please report it to Thames Valley Police by calling 101.