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Driving lessons rules from Orpington automatic Driving School

Bad parking - advice from Alpha1 Driving School

    Each week Orpington Automatic Driving School will feature an important Highway Code Rule and Law that is often disobeyed by bad drivers...

The consequence of disobeying the Highway Code:

    In any insurance assessment, the act can be adjudged as being 'at fault'

    This will mean you risk your 'No claims bonus' whether the crash is your fault or not. Also, clearly if what you do is contrary to the law, you risk prosecution...

Lighting requirements: Highway Code and the LAW

Rule 248
You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space
Laws CUR reg 101 & RVLR reg 24

Parking places

Rule 243
DO NOT stop or park:

    near a school entrance
    anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
    at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
    on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
    opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
    near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
    opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
    where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
    where the kerb has
    been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles in front of an entrance to a property
    on a bend
    where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities

Whereas the parking within 10 metres of a junction is not by itself an offence, the bad driver is likely to get a fixed penalty notice for parking in a dangerous position (S22 Road Traffic Act 1991) or Highway obstruction (S137 Highways Act 1980)

The top image shows a bad driver actually parking on a roundabout- at a junction and obstructing.. The lower image shows traffic parked in the wrong direction (against the flow of traffic) and opposite a juction (within 10m) and on a bend