Parking the wrong way can break the traffic rule and result in a £1,000 fine

Certain rules of the highway code may offend some motorists, in particular the one which stipulates that motorists must not park upside down.

The rules apply to many situations involving parked cars, including a rule that says cyclists passing parked vehicles must leave enough room for a door to be opened.

But many drivers are unaware of a wrong-way parking rule which could land you a £1,000 fine, reports Birmingham Live.

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According to rule 248 of the highway code, it is forbidden to park at night on a lane against traffic except in a recognized parking space.

Some of the rules of the road are not enshrined in law, but this rule is reinforced by two laws, which means that you could be subject to criminal prosecution.

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 both state that drivers must not park on a road at night facing traffic. This means that the police could take criminal action if it causes an accident.

According to Scrapcarcomparison.co.uk, vehicles parked the wrong way round at night are totally in the dark for passing drivers and would struggle to see them properly.

A spokesperson said: “Engines parked the right way up would be visible and illuminated by the headlights bouncing off the rear reflectors.

“We have dealt with cars that have been written off due to a car hitting them as they partially rolled out of a parking space.

“Drivers don’t have to worry about parking the wrong way during the day, but as it gets darker it could become a problem that could lead to a major accident.”

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