Neighbours at war over poor parking

Nearly one in six drivers is annoyed by their neighbour's parking standards, with some choosing to retaliate

Best parking apps - header

Tensions over how and where neighbours park their cars are causing trouble on the streets or Britain. Motorists say they're angry with their neighbours' parking and some even retaliate by making it more difficult for the badly parked car to drive out.

This is according to a new study by the RAC that found nearly one in six drivers describing the way their neighbours park as "appalling". Beyond that, 62 per cent said the way their neighbours parked was selfish, while 31 per cent said they had found themselves blocked by their neighbour's car. 

But instead of settling the disagreement through reasoning and conversation, six per cent of those upset chose to give their neighbours “a taste of their own medicine” by deliberately parking their own cars badly to annoy their neighbour.

Best city cars to buy 2017

A third of these drivers were found to park their car so that it is difficult for their neighbours to get out, with another 29 per cent parking their own car in the neighbour’s spot when they’ve gone out for a drive.

RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “Parking is a very sensitive issue, particularly when it’s outside your own home as it brings out the ‘Nimby’ in everyone.

Best parking app for your phone: group test

"The moment someone parks selfishly people’s hackles are going to be raised, whether that’s parking in the street when they have the space to be able to park on their own drive or parking so close that it makes it almost impossible to get out."

Does your neighbour park their car poorly? Tell us in the comments below...

Recommended

Speeding to be recorded as a cause of many more car accidents
Police car on scene at accident
News

Speeding to be recorded as a cause of many more car accidents

New police guidance for reporting will see a big rise in speeding recorded as a cause of car crashes
17 May 2022
World’s car bosses fear supply chain crisis will slow electric car production
Production line
News

World’s car bosses fear supply chain crisis will slow electric car production

Leading industry figures warn of looming problems at Financial Times’ Car of the Future Summit.
13 May 2022
Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads
E-Scooters
Consumer news

Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads

Transport minister announces plans to create new vehicle category for e-scooters as part of upcoming Transport Bill
12 May 2022
Bugs Away! Number plate spatter-count reveals shocking insect decline
Bugs Matter
News

Bugs Away! Number plate spatter-count reveals shocking insect decline

Bugs Matter project shows flying insect numbers have fallen by almost 60 per cent in 20 years
5 May 2022

Most Popular

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices
Opinion

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022
Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
28 Apr 2022
Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger
Shell charger
News

Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger

New Shell and ABB-developed Terra 360 EV charger can add 62 miles of range in less than three minutes
16 May 2022