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I'm having some trouble at work with parking. There are about 300 spaces for over 500 cars, and so the cars have to go somewhere.

 

We are on an industrial estate, with a long straight road behind our building, and a short access road onto an A-type road at the front. The facilities management team keep sending out messages saying that cars will be towed by police unless we move them.

 

Do they have any right to tow your car if it is parked on a road with no yellow lines, with no signs stating that you can't park there, and it is not obstructing anything?

 

Also, if you are parked outwith a parking space, but still within the car park, not obstructing anything, again with no yellow lines or signs stating that you cant, can they tow your car?

 

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I'm having some trouble at work with parking. There are about 300 spaces for over 500 cars, and so the cars have to go somewhere.

 

We are on an industrial estate, with a long straight road behind our building, and a short access road onto an A-type road at the front. The facilities management team keep sending out messages saying that cars will be towed by police unless we move them.

 

Do they have any right to tow your car if it is parked on a road with no yellow lines, with no signs stating that you can't park there, and it is not obstructing anything?

 

Also, if you are parked outwith a parking space, but still within the car park, not obstructing anything, again with no yellow lines or signs stating that you cant, can they tow your car?

 

Thanks :)

On private land - road markings (DYL's) have no legal basis. To comply with the Private Security Industry Act and existing case law there must signage stating that clamping/towing/blocking in will take place. Anyone performing these actions must be licensed by the SIA.

 

If they comply with the above then yes they can tow your car. If they were to do tow your car without the above being in place then you would have grounds to sue them.

 

You should check with local council about whether the roads have been adopted by them and where the demarkation point is. If the roads have been adopted then restrictions can be put in place but must have the necessary documentation (Traffic Regulation Order, TRO) and road markings must comply with the Traffic and Road Signs - General Directions.

 

AIUI the Police would only tow your vehicle if it was preventing access from the property (e.g. parked across an entrance). Even then they are sometimes reluctant to act.

 

Sounds like your facilities people are trying to dissuade you from parking without any legal basis.

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