Van Parking Restrictions In Residential Areas

March 19, 2019 at 9:50 AM

The number of vans on UK roads has boomed by 75% over the past 20 years with a record 4 million on the road today. Demand for new vans in the UK is also at an all-time high largely fuelled by the continued surge in demand for online deliveries.

While for some a van is their livelihood and source of income, for others, they are a large and inconvenient eyesore. Commercial vehicles, especially medium and large models, take up more space than a car and can be difficult to see passed when pulling out of a driveway or side road.

Depending on where you park your van, you might be blocking a neighbour's view from their own property. To avoid any confrontation when parking your van in a residential area, try to park considerately and within any restrictions that are in place.

Here are some points to consider:


If you're driving a company van, you should check with the fleet manager to see if the company van tax and company van insurance allows you to park the vehicle at home overnight.

Similarly, when taking out van insurance as a sole trader, you should ensure that the insurance provider is aware you intend to park the van in a residential area overnight.


Aside from the usual parking regulations set out by single yellow, double yellow and red lines, some residential areas have specific parking restrictions or permits to discourage parking by unwanted vehicles.

It's common to find these areas near schools, hospitals and high streets where residents can struggle to park outside their own homes because of other road users taking advantage of the location of their road. Make sure you're aware of the times when these restrictions are active.

If you live in a permitted parking area, you should check that vans are allowed - some will exclude commercial vehicles. In addition, if you are allowed to park a van, you might have to be the registered owner which is fine as a sole trader, but not if you're driving a company van.


If you're running a business from home, you may need permission from your local council, especially if you see a lot of customers or receive multiple deliveries throughout the day.

This constant movement in a residential area can annoy and frustrate neighbours, especially if more than one delivery or customer turns up at the same time causing a disturbance or a blockage to the road.


Parking your van on a driveway or in a garage should negate all of the above because it will be off the road, therefore not blocking other peoples' view or taking up extra space.

However, it's important to check your house deeds to see if there are any planning restrictions or enforced covenants that would prevent the parking of trade vehicles at a residential property.

This scenario is highly unlikely, but some newly developed estates do have restrictions to stop residents and other people parking their vans overnight.


Van drivers should be aware of these laws that specifically apply to the parking of commercial vehicles:

  • All vans must be parked further than 10m from a junction (unless in an authorised space)
  • All vans must be parked on the left hand side (nearside) of the road, facing the direction of traffic flow (except on a one-way street)
  • Vans weighing more than 2,500kg (and passenger vehicles with more than nine seats) and parked between sunset and sunrise on a road with a speed limit greater than 30mph must be left with its sidelights on
  • Vans with a maximum laden weight of over 7.5 tonnes must not be parked on a verge, pavement, or any land situated between carriageways, without police permission


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