Thinking of parking your van at home?
Well, here are seven things you need to consider.
- Does your company allow you to park at home? It’s worth checking in advance to avoid pain later!
- If it is kept there for prolonged periods or overnight on a regular basis, you may need to tell your insurers and check it’s covered. Make sure you’re aware of any parking restrictions on your street. Not parking on yellow lines is obvious, but if you’re in a controlled area, make sure you know the times when the lines are active. Also, be aware of any permit car parking area or reserved bays.
- You’re unlikely to have a business van with a maximum laden weight of over 7.5 tonnes, as this is truck territory, but in case you do, the law says these vehicles must not be parked on a verge, pavement, or any land situated between carriageways, without police permission. The only exception to this parking rule is when parking is essential for loading and unloading, but even then the vehicle shouldn’t be left unattended.
- Another little known fact is that if your van weighs more than 2500kg and is parked on the street between sunrise and sunset, it must be left with its lights on. The same is true of any passenger vehicle with more than nine seats. All lights must be left lit and unobscured. If your van has an unladen mass of less than 2500kg, you needn’t leave it parked with its lights on, provided the road it is on has a limit of 30mph or less.
- It must be parked in an authorised parking space or a marked lay-by and not within 10m of a junction. All vehicles should be parked with their nearside close to and parallel with the nearside kerb.
- You shouldn’t have to abide by any of the above if you park your business van on a driveway or in a garage. However, it’s worth checking your house deeds to see if there are any enforced covenants or planning restrictions that prevent the parking of trade vehicles at a residential property – these are rare but worth checking for.
- Will you need planning permission? Maybe, local councils are getting tired of receiving complaints about commercial vehicles parked in the gardens and driveways of private houses. To counter this, many are now saying ‘this is going against the enjoyment of the property’. As such they consider it a material change of use and as thus you will need to apply for permission.
- Factors taken into account by local councils include:
- The size, design and number of commercial vehicles at a property
- Your van’s position and proximity to adjoining properties
- Its effect on the appearance of the local area
- The times your van arrives at your property and departs
We’d advise checking with your local council first to avoid problems later.