Motorists often face parking chaos on a daily basis, with other drivers taking parking spaces, or even parking in front of their driveway. This has been seen more frequently in recent months, with many taking to social media to criticise people’s parking behaviour.
Some have used a note as a last resort if someone were to park on, or in front of, their driveway.
There is no criminal law against a stranger parking on a driveway without the homeowner’s consent.
Despite this, a driveway is part of private property so therefore by driving on it the motorist would be trespassing.
If someone parks on a driveway and another driver blocks a car in, this can be classed as a criminal offence if they cause obstruction to the public highway.
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He cautioned motorists saying they could potentially leave themselves open to libel action, or be accused of damaging the car.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “When it comes to perceived behaviours on the road or in car parks, responding in an aggressive manner – either through verbal or physical gestures, or by leaving notes – is rarely a recipe for a productive conversation.
“And while leaving a note on a motorist’s car to vent your anger might be tempting, we’d urge people to think twice.
“If you touch someone else’s car, perhaps when lifting up a windscreen wiper to leave your note, you could be accused of damaging or scratching that person’s vehicle.”
Mr Conway added: “If the motorist you’re targeting drives for a living, you could also end up defaming them, or their business, by making accusations about the way they behave which could cause reputational damage.
“That’s particularly true if the note you leave is clear and visible for other people walking past to see and to read.”
He suggested that when a driver is confronted with poor behaviour, they should remain calm and stay non-aggressive so there’s no escalation of conflict.
Dominic Smith, director at Patterson Law, echoed the warning to drivers, saying drivers may be accused of an offence when leaving a note.
He said: “If the note was threatening, or abusive – especially if that abuse was racially, religiously or sexually motivated – then that might be an offence.
“If you are going to leave a note, it’s best to leave out threats and abuse to ensure no offence is committed.”