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To think families that have more vehicles than people and no drive are selfish twats!

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HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Thu 28-Mar-19 18:58:34

Yes I'm looking at you Mr and Mrs Silver cars across the road. There are only two of you, you have no drive and yet you have now got 3 cars (they acquired a new one today) and a van (all of which are silver hence the name).

What the fuck do you need 4 vehicles for you can only physically be driving 2 at a time!

We live on a road which like many others across the country has difficulties regarding parking, only a few houses have drives. So why would you think it is reasonable to have 4 vehicles. You are pretty much ensuring that your neighbours have difficulty parking and yes I think you are selfish twats why don't you move to a house with a drive!

Does anyone else have such entitled car collecting neighbours?

Sorry for the rant but they do my head in. Every night moving their cars to be as close to the house as possible. As soon as anyone leaves the space seems to be filled with one of their cars. angry

SqueakyPigs Thu 28-Mar-19 19:06:08

Are there definitely only two people living there? I’m a student and all 4 of us have a car each and our neighbours hate us. We do try and squeeze close together though and I often park around the corner near back gates (never used for parking and not blocking anyone’s gate) to be considerate as I know it’s annoying.

LakieLady Thu 28-Mar-19 19:12:04

Hopefully one of the old cars will be going now they've got the new one. And presumably the van's for work.

We are probably Those Neighbours. We have 4 motorbikes (2 in the garage, 2 on the drive) 2 cars (one on the drive, one on the street) and a motorhome (on the street).

The motorhome stays on the street because the drive slopes and the fridge doesn't work until it's been level for at least 24 hours. We often go away on the spur of the moment, so need the fridge to work from when it's turned on.

We have a car each, but DP doesn't use his because there's no parking where he currently works. He's only got another 9 months there though, so he might well need it to get to his next job. Until then, it's SORNed. My car will always be parked on the street because I can't get out of it if I drive it in forwards (narrow drive and high fence, so can't get the driver's door open far enough to get out) and the clutch makes a burning smell if I reverse it up the steep drive.

At least 2 of the motorbikes need to go, but they all need a bit of work, which DP hasn't got round to because maintaining an elderly motorhome is like painting the fucking Forth Bridge. We'll keep the small bike for commuting and the big one for fun.

dontlikebeards Thu 28-Mar-19 19:15:50

We are one of those families, my car, dh car and a work van. I would love to have a drive but currently can't afford one. The road outside your house does not belong to you.

starzig Thu 28-Mar-19 19:17:51

Unless they are blocking your drive, I don't see your problem.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Thu 28-Mar-19 19:19:17

But surely the van is for work?

HankyPanky04 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:20:54

We have 3 vehicles and only the husband drives. Two for work and a family car

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Thu 28-Mar-19 19:21:53

Are there definitely only two people living there?

Yes there are just 2 of them.

I appreciate that we don't own the road I just honestly get so frustrated that most of it is taken up by their cars and that no matter what time of night it is, if someone leaves they replace the space with one of their cars. Its almost like they think they own the spaces outside their house.

presumably the van's for work.

I would probably be less fussed if this was true but he goes to work in a suit and always drives one of the cars. I've not seen the van move for a while and have no idea what he uses it for.

Happygolucky009 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:22:07

I agree and the family who live on a corner with a range rover, sports car, caravan and camper. It's a fexkin nightmare to avoid hitting something as I turn into the road.

SayNoToCarrots Thu 28-Mar-19 19:22:20

My neighbour has an suv and two motor home, all not even parked on his street because he is on the opposite corner with double yellows.

WineGummyBear Thu 28-Mar-19 19:22:35

I'm with you OP. That sounds annoying.

Sure, no-one owns the road outside their house but there's limited space and people with lots of vehicles make it really difficult to park.

MaidenMotherCrone Thu 28-Mar-19 19:24:01

You'd hate us too Op. 5 adults, 7 cars, 1 van, 1 beach buggy, 1 boat aaaannd 2 motorbikes. Slightly spilling off the drive 🤷🏻‍♀️

GinTimeAtHome Thu 28-Mar-19 19:28:57

You’d hate us! We have 3 cars, and a small van, and my dads camper van is currently sat on the road outside/near my house.

And guess what I don’t give a shiny shit if anyone of my neighbors are pissed off with me, all my cars are taxed, mot’d and insured, and there are no parking restrictions on the road.

HarrysOwl Thu 28-Mar-19 19:29:15

A family member's neighbours have three kids still living at home. They're grown up and have boyfriends.

They each have a car (so mum, dad, 3 kids) and the kids' boyfriends all have a car.

They also have a motorhome.

So 8 cars and 1 motorhome at any given time. And every summer they have family visiting from France, another big car.

Can never park! When the kids finally move out it'll get better.

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Thu 28-Mar-19 19:36:10

So 8 cars and 1 motorhome at any given time. And every summer they have family visiting from France, another big car.

Yikes I guess I should be grateful they only have 4 vehicles, I suppose it could be worse. Although I don't think you would be able to drive past if there was a motorhome parked on our street and a car on the other side of the road. There wouldn't be enough space to get down the road.

BottleOfJameson Thu 28-Mar-19 19:36:22

Obviously they're legally entitled to but YANBU it's selfish behaviour.

BottleOfJameson Thu 28-Mar-19 19:39:07

And guess what I don’t give a shiny shit if anyone of my neighbors are pissed off with me, all my cars are taxed, mot’d and insured, and there are no parking restrictions on the road.

That's because you're a selfish dickhead. You might as well say I'll play my music all day, everyday in my garden and not give a shit who is pissed off. Yes you're legally entitled but it makes you a dick.

CripsSandwiches Thu 28-Mar-19 19:41:15

And guess what I don’t give a shiny shit if anyone of my neighbors are pissed off with me, all my cars are taxed, mot’d and insured, and there are no parking restrictions on the road.

So you're just a selfish twat then? OK. There are lots of things which are legal but make you a shitty person. If you have more cars than people and you're preventing people parking near their own home find somewhere else to park some of your vehicles. Don't be so nasty.

TeddyIsaHe Thu 28-Mar-19 19:43:15

I don’t know why people are so smug about their endless vehicles when the planet is basically going to be dead in 10 years. Good one! Bet your kids are going to thank you endlessly hmm

Jackshouse Thu 28-Mar-19 19:44:35

My PIL have three cars, they do have a drive and lots of space outside there house. But they complain about the large family opposite who have lots of cars.

They also have two houses within miles of each other. Neither in a particularly habital condition.

MargeryB Thu 28-Mar-19 19:44:42

This is one of those situations where they are legally right and morally wrong. It is selfish and if everyone had that many vehicles you wouldn't be able to drive anywhere as all the streets would be single lane to facilitate all the parking required.

Bumpitybumper Thu 28-Mar-19 19:49:11

I agree OP.

I find threads like this so frustrating as dorm people are so keen to declare that they don't give a crap that their selfish actions are negatively impacting others. It's obvious that some things in life are finite and yet people will insist that they are "entitled" to take much more than their share because it's legally allowed. When laws and rules inevitably have to be introduced in response to these piss takers then it inconveniences everyone and always costs a fortune. Whatever happened to taking some personal responsibility?

Not to mention the safety issues that can arise when our streets are clogged with parked cars and camper vans.

Order654 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:50:45

3 cars, 1 work van and only 2 of us here.

We also have an extra car at the weekend sometimes as my partner works on cars for a leAving and works from home sometimes and uses the drive for that 1 car so all the others have to go on the road.

Oh well.

SayNoToCarrots Thu 28-Mar-19 19:51:12

The only solution is permit parking everywhere for anything over 4hrs and only two issued to each house.

Order654 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:51:55

For a living* not leaving

DontCallMeCharlotte Thu 28-Mar-19 19:53:38

We have the same problem and only have one tiny car. I wanted something like a Renault Captur but the thought of trying to park it round here put me off. And that's with much of one side of the road backing onto a school field so no houses even. Not helped by all the teenagers who lose the use of their legs as soon as they turn 17 - even though we live within TFL boundaries and have loads of public transport. Also the big 4x4s are beginning to appear now... angry

snarfblatt Thu 28-Mar-19 19:56:28

Missing the point here and clearly have lived in a city too long as I'm genuinely stunned that people have this many vehicles and it's apparently fairly common!!

Ariela Thu 28-Mar-19 19:57:40

Well thankfully we do have space including the back garden to park all of our vehicles (total all taxed and insured so could be parked on the road = 8 or 9 with just 3 drivers - in mitigation includes vintage / specialist vehicles etc)

Looobyloo Thu 28-Mar-19 19:58:39

It's a good job you don't live by my sister. Sister and two daughters all have a car. My sister's husband brings home a big four wheel drive, sisters brother in law (who lives with them) brings home his works van, that's five cars and no drive.

I've told her, I'd hate to live by her!

Alaimo Thu 28-Mar-19 19:59:50

Where I live it is indeed max 1 permit per person & max 2 per household. Second permit is also about 33% more expensive than the first one to discourage two-car households. I think it's great and wouldn't mind if they made the second permit twice as expensive as the first one. It's difficult enough to find a parking space as it is.

ReallyReallyNo Thu 28-Mar-19 20:04:41

We have a car collector on our road, he has a work van and four vintage cars that just sit taking up space on our road. He has no driveway and it causes so many issues for people who have to park at one end of the road and drag shopping and toddlers and everything else to their homes at the other end of the street! Selfish prick!

starzig Thu 28-Mar-19 20:08:26

There is a limit to what you can feasibly charge for permits in a lot of cases. I know we have some pavement parkers but there is never any wardens round to stop it. If parking permits were expensive, the odd fine would be cheaper as 99.9% of the time there would be nobody enforcing.

MeMeMeYou Thu 28-Mar-19 20:13:16

yep annoying. It led me to move out of our flat where this was an issue and buy a house with a big drive so I'd never be hunting down a space on the road again and have to lug my shopping miles and miles because neighbours had hobby cars plus work cars plus ordinary cars everywhere

EncroachingLoaf Thu 28-Mar-19 20:15:35

Yanbu op. We have similar on our street. Some of the bloody things don't move for months on end.

Although what's worse is the man opposite (who has one of the few houses on the street WITH a drive) has filled his drive up with random shite so he now parks his multiple cars on the road. angry

We have one car between us that we can hardly ever find a space for.

puppy23 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:16:57

Ok but can someone actually explain to me the point of having more than one car per person? Do you keep a special one for weekends or something???

glueandstick Thu 28-Mar-19 20:19:32

2 houses here with parking for one car have 7 a piece. That’s TWELVE cars for 2 houses on the road.

It’s like bloody parking wars here.

Raspberry88 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:20:39

I completely agree... it's such a nightmare. So selfish. The bloody stress of not knowing if you're going to be able to park outside your house or even near. We have one car and our ex ndn (just moved...hurrah!) had a car and two vans. They had a driveway they didn't ever use and a garage for the works van which was just down the road that they also didn't use. Then just down the road had 3 cars too and there just wasn't room for everyone. As pp have said, it might be legal but it's shitty. When we got home from the hospital after having DS I could barely walk after my EMCS and I had to struggle from a couple of roads away as there was absolutely nowhere to park.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Thu 28-Mar-19 20:21:41

I don't understand why people need two cars and a work van. BIL has a little work van, they also have a very nice family car. BIL uses the van for work (and fishing), at the weekend the van stays in the garage and they use the family car. If BIL needs to go somewhere without SIL and the DCs and she needs the car, he takes his van. If SIL and the DCs are staying at home and he's just popping out (or vice versa) the person popping out takes the car. Do you all just love paying insurance???

candlefloozy Thu 28-Mar-19 20:23:55

My neighbours have a car and a massive van. Both parked on the road. Another neighbour has three cars and a caravan on their drive but can't get the car they actually use on there so park outside. I wouldn't mind but the other vehicles have not been used in two years?!?!

lyralalala Thu 28-Mar-19 20:25:33

There's very limited parking in our street as most of the houses have drives. There's a few houses that have a 2 car drive, but 3 cars.

However, the CF's opposite (they are the CF's for numerous reasons!) have 5 cars. Which would actually be fine as they have a drive that the previous occupants of the house used to fit 6 cars on. But they installed fecking basketball hoops on the drive and park them ALL on the sodding road!. There's a big push for residents permits for on street parking atm and I think it's because people are hoping it'll take driveways into account (I don't see the council doing that though).

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Thu 28-Mar-19 20:26:48

Ok but can someone actually explain to me the point of having more than one car per person? Do you keep a special one for weekends or something???

I would love to know. Surely it costs a fortune and like I said you can only be driving 1 at a time so even if you both drive you are only ever going to be using 2 cars at a time.

PocaMiseria Thu 28-Mar-19 20:29:35

can someone actually explain to me the point of having more than one car per person?
I'll try.
We have three cars but only two of us live here: however, although we don't have a drive we do have a garage big enough for two cars, so there is only ever one parked on the road.
Why do we have 3 cars? Because none of our kids has their own car so when they come home they borrow one (no public transport apart from a train from the nearest metropolis 50 miles away).
The cars are all over ten years old so have no resale value.
My husband is often away (with one of the cars) for a week or ten days at a time - I don' t use a car every day but due to a lack of public transport when I do need one it's vital ..... as the cars are all oldish they each have to go into the garage from time to time so having a "spare one" makes sense.

With regard to the person who has four vintage cars parked on the street, round here that is against the by-laws if they aren't moved at least once a fortnight.... Any car can be towed if it is not moved after that time.

VenusStarr Thu 28-Mar-19 20:32:37

Yes! My neighbours. They have a massive caravan, 2 cars and a work van. So the caravan and the bigger family car are on the drive. Always. Only 2 adults. Plus a parent visits daily and always parks in front of our house, so we have her car one side of our dropped kerb and the parent's car on the other side so we have to do a strange manoeuvre to get on our drive. Irritates the hell out of me.

CaptainButtock Thu 28-Mar-19 20:34:07

This was the situation on my brothers road for years. Street of small terraced houses, some of which had five people in all with cars. Parking on one side only.
Permits introduced..... voila!! Solved.

alfagirl73 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:34:59

Actually - I do have one just for weekends! I have my main car for commuting and every day stuff, but then I have a classic car that I just enjoy going for drives in at the weekend in the spring/summer because it's a joy to drive. I sorn it over the winter. It is actually appreciating in value and because it's a classic the insurance is minimal. I love cars and I love driving. So yeah - just me and 2 cars.

Spideygirl77 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:36:06

Same where we live. We have a family opposite with four cars. They believe that outside ours and either side of their house are naturally for them to park to save them walking. Sod we have to park in the next road. Or two roads on. Two are young adults who obviously live there for free so wouldn’t kill them to respect their parents neighbours as all they are doing is setting the president for when they eventually leave and then people will be well you did it to us we will Park our third car outside yours for a few days 😁.
Seriously though It makes life difficult when you come home in the dark with a sleeping toddler a boot full of shopping and they have moved a car outside your house then don’t move it for five days as they have so many cars they rarely move. Hence why we are moving can’t take it anymore. I can’t be arsed with the idiocy of it all. However younoark outside their house for half hr you get the cold shoulder for weeks 😂

NaturalBornWoman Thu 28-Mar-19 20:36:06

Some people are just arseholes. Opposite to me have an empty drive and have had a van and a land rover parked outside mine for 3 days now, and they are parked so badly they are taking up an extra space. Selfish wankers.

RedRiverHog Thu 28-Mar-19 20:38:45

Same here. The houses on my side of the road don't have drives, the other side does. Yet two families don't ever use their drives and only park on the road (four cars) One family (two adults) collect a certain make of car and have six of these plus a van. The van goes on the drive while the six other cars get lined up down the road.

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Thu 28-Mar-19 20:38:54

Opposite to me have an empty drive and have had a van and a land rover parked outside mine for 3 days now,

Oww I get pissed off enough that they take over the road as it is I'd be fucking furious if they continued to park like they owned the road despite having a drive to park on!

Spideygirl77 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:39:31

*you park ... 😬

Dotty1970 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:39:45

MaidenMotherCrone

You'd hate us too Op. 5 adults, 7 cars, 1 van, 1 beach buggy, 1 boat aaaannd 2 motorbikes. Slightly spilling off the drive 🤷🏻‍♀️

grinyou signed be ashamedgrin

Order654 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:41:11

*
I don't understand why people need two cars and a work van. BIL has a little work van, they also have a very nice family car. BIL uses the van for work (and fishing), at the weekend the van stays in the garage and they use the family car. If BIL needs to go somewhere without SIL and the DCs and she needs the car, he takes his van. If SIL and the DCs are staying at home and he's just popping out (or vice versa) the person popping out takes the car. Do you all just love paying insurance???*

My partners work van is not supposed to be used for general driving, just for work as it’s owned by the company and has a gps tracker on it. They cover all the insurance etc so he doesn’t pay any extra for that.

So we have a car each because if I’m out doing X and he wants to go out he can’t so he has his own car.

I don’t pay insurance as it’s a mobility car and it’s all covered under that so the only car that we pay insurance for is his car.

The other car we own needs to be sold but we haven’t got around to it yet. That one is sorn and parked on the drive because of that.

3 cars & 1 van and we only pay insurance for one.

Dotty1970 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:41:34

Should

cheesenpickles Thu 28-Mar-19 20:45:22

There's a family on the road near us that have a couple, two kids and their partners all living with them (so 6 people). Each of them has a car, and the dad and two guys each have a works van they park at hone. That's 9 vehicles for a 3 bed terraced with no drive. They also tore down their garage (which wasn't used for cars hmm) and installed a deck with a hot tub in.

envy

LadyHonoriaDedlock Thu 28-Mar-19 20:50:36

We're a family of 5 and have no cars. Live in a city with buses, taxis etc. Mind you the bikes.... aaarghhh. Eleven bikes. (Tandem, individual bikes, cargo bikes, spare bike) If we had to park them on the road I think people would lynch us!

gubbsywubbsy Thu 28-Mar-19 20:50:40

Yep .. we have neighbours with about 7 cars ( lots of kids ) and they park all along the road . Doesn't affect us as we have a drive but imagine pisses everyone else off and I don't understand why they don't buy a house with a big drive .. would do my head in not knowing if I can park when I get home every day. !!

givemesteel Thu 28-Mar-19 20:56:11

I think it should be illegal to park a campervan/caravan/motor home in a street. That could seriously obstruct someone's light into their house. Very selfish but I guess it's legal so people don't care.

Rockbird Thu 28-Mar-19 20:58:26

YANBU. Also live on a terraced road and it's like we've won the lottery if we can park nearer than three streets away. Would love to move but can't afford it, sick to death of it.

What really grinds my gears is the couple opposite who have a driveway but park both cars on the street leaving their driveway lovely and unsullied. That truly pisses me off.

Everytimeref Thu 28-Mar-19 21:05:10

Definitely think it should be illegal to park a motorhome on the street. We live in a cul du sac and the couple opposite own a massive motorhome , makes it extremely difficult to turn around.

AFPH123 Thu 28-Mar-19 21:06:53

Selfishness is rife nowadays unfortunately. Most people don’t give a fuck anymore as long as they are ok.

Kennehora Thu 28-Mar-19 21:08:10

Times like this I am SO GLAD I don't drive.

MsTSwift Thu 28-Mar-19 21:18:29

Annoying. We are a smug one car family though

Taswama Thu 28-Mar-19 21:18:58

All the parked cars and vans make it much harder to cross the roads with kids as well. Funny how the private motor car dominates public space.

ivykaty44 Thu 28-Mar-19 21:23:49

Each car gets more expensive- though it’s still cheap for storage considering land costs

Wallsbangers Thu 28-Mar-19 21:25:33

Yes, this. Terraced streets here - one neighbour has a huge SUV and a huge work van, only the dad drives but at least he moves both of them unlike another neighbour who has two cars but neither car ever seems to get driven.

Mum2jenny Thu 28-Mar-19 21:32:31

As long as the vehicles are taxed and insured, people can have as many vehicles as they like (as long as there's no restrictions on parking.. 2 permits per household or similar).

I just don't get the angst about this, if you can't park near your house, you park near it and walk.

BrusselPout Thu 28-Mar-19 21:32:36

I feel your frustration OP, we have a neighbour like that, it's just him and his son and at last count they had 6 cars and a van (which hasn't moved in the 3 years we've lived here, it's parked on the road and gets used as a shed). The most ridiculous thing is the dad always takes the bus so there is absolutely no need to take up so much space on the road with so many cars. We have a drive so it doesn't affect us, but a lot of the neighbours struggle to park anywhere near our road

gt84 Thu 28-Mar-19 21:45:08

I don’t know how many vehicles each of my neighbours own but I know there are 34 homes in our road and 31 parking spaces. If I take the car out of an evening there is NEVER anywhere to park when I arrive home meaning I end up parking around 10 mins walk away.
This evening I was out for 10 mins, dropping my son up the road as he was running late for football and when I got back there was no where to park. It was 7pm!

queenqueenqueen Thu 28-Mar-19 21:48:49

Seem to be in the minority here but yes they are twats.

nokidshere Thu 28-Mar-19 21:53:06

We live in a small cul de sac. We have 3 cars, 1 on the drive, 1 on the street and the teenager parks his somewhere wherever he can get a space (but is taking it to uni in Sept). Next door are an elderly couple, he drives but she doesn't, he has 4 cars and the only time they move is when he's moving them around to put different ones on his drive. Opposite them is another elderly couple, he drives but she doesn't, he has 2 cars (one that never gets used). Next to them is a lady with a daughter. They have 6 cars/vans between them. 2 on the tandem drive and the rest on the street. Because of the tandem drive they spent a great deal of their time moving the cars around. And next door to us on the other side have a drive that holds 3 cars but they have 2 and always leave one on the road.

So 5 houses have 17 cars between them. I park on the drive so it doesn't affect me directly but it's like living on a giant car park! I just don't understand having vehicles that aren't used.

dementedma Thu 28-Mar-19 21:53:33

we have 3 cars - one belongs to work (me), and then Dh and dd have second hand cars. Dh needs his for commute to work (rural) and dd has mental health problems and needs hers to be able to get about to appointments etc.We live in an upstairs flat with no drive. Where are we supposed to park them?

lljkk Thu 28-Mar-19 21:59:39

I was thinking today... what if cars couldn't ever be parked on roads but could only be parked in designated spaces (not on roads). How uncluttered our public spaces could be instead, how nice that could be. <Muse>

*Exceptions for disabled & other specific groups. But honestly, I wouldn't leave anything else valuable of mine just sitting around on the road, would I.

Yubaba Thu 28-Mar-19 22:41:08

Were we used to live one of the neighbours parked the cab of his HGV outside his house, it took up 3 spaces angry
Our current neighbours have 5 cars and a van. I often come home to find one of them over my drive so I can’t get on so I have to park on the street. They seem completely unable to park further down the street and walk, they have to park exactly outside their house.

StillMedusa Thu 28-Mar-19 23:07:28

We have 7 adults in the house and 5 cars. And no drive.Two travel together, one walks..the rest of us go in different directions at very different times.
My elderly neighbour (no car) is happy for us to park two on her drive as we do all her DIY, which helps. I hate it, but until my elder kids can afford to move out we have no alternative.

YouBumder Thu 28-Mar-19 23:11:09

We have a couple along the road who have a car each and he has a work van, fine, except he parks the car in the drive or at his own house and the van right outside my house. It’s a parking space admittedly so we can’t stop him but presumably he doesn’t want to look out on his big ugly van so we have to instead. We’ve started trying to park there so he can’t get the van in but if we’re both out when he gets back with the van we’re screwed!

anniehm Thu 28-Mar-19 23:19:37

My neighbours have 6 vehicles. No idea exactly who lives there apart from the parents (circa 50 years old) as they are Indian but they have 4 kids all are married and some live there. They sometimes park on the pavement (fully) so close to my drive I can't get out safely! So annoying, two cars max per house and where no street parking is possible (here) you must be able to park on your land.

12thofnever Thu 28-Mar-19 23:39:38

I do think it’s a bit selfish to have a surplus of cars if you’ve got nowhere to keep them, and especially if you’re relying on on street parking.
We have one more car than people who can drive. (Two ‘speciality’ vehicles and a normal car) and we specifically bought a house with a long enough drive for at least 2 of them. I guess we are quite lucky that in our area there are average houses available that have ample parking, I know this probably isn’t the case for a lot of people, but you have to have some consideration for your neighbours.
All the houses down our road have nice long drives but we are one of the few that actually uses theirs. It’s not a huge problem as there’s only one side of the street with houses on, but I don’t really understand why they don’t park on their drives.

choirmumoftwo Thu 28-Mar-19 23:44:31

I think it's a very common problem. We live on a street of semis all with driveway but they're very steep at our end of the street so hardly anyone parks on them. Most houses have one or two cars and park considerately but family two doors down have two cars for two people and often two visitors cars. None of them use the (flat) driveway but they're happy to block everyone else's, including that of the elderly lady between us who has carers several times daily who require access.
Yes they can park where they like but whether they should is another matter. There was open warfare in the street when someone dared to challenge them!

Campurp Thu 28-Mar-19 23:58:54

Ugh YANBU! it's so selfish and incredibly annoying.
I've moved now, but my mums neighbours on one side have 5 cars between the mum and the 4 kids, then her partners car and his work van and then the girlfriends of the 3 boys when they come over too.
As soon as a car on our road moves they rush out of the house to take the spot if it's closer than the one they're already in and they are so rude.

My mum is disabled and they continually park in the disabled spot and don't care that she has to park minutes down the road and hobble home.

Mean spirited people.

nometal Fri 29-Mar-19 00:01:02

Maybe we should follow Japan's lead. No car unless you can prove you have an off-street parking place big enough for it.

www.reinventingparking.org/2014/06/japans-proof-of-parking-rule-has.html

Rockbird Fri 29-Mar-19 00:05:39

Fabulous. Only the well off get to own cars then.

womandear Fri 29-Mar-19 07:25:43

We have one of those! 6 cars, not even nice ones! 2 adults who can drives on street parking plus he insists on moving the cars around so that they are right outside his house in a row so he’s constantly moving around and jumping in spaces. We live next door...

ArmchairTraveller Fri 29-Mar-19 07:39:02

I live in the blue collar area of my city.
Looking out of my front window into my little street, I can see multiple cars, a large car transporter belonging to someone who works for Green Flag, numerous vans and a vintage coach. Plus the motorbikes and the large campervan they use for weekend events. In addition to living in the expensive SE, so multiple adults unable to afford leaving the nest is a big problem.
I’d like resident permits.

BillyAndTheSillies Fri 29-Mar-19 07:40:09

The road we used to live on was a road of Victorian terraced purpose built maisonettes. Some two bed, some one bed.
Meaning each building could often have 6 cars per building! Parking was absolutely insane.

Lucky now to be one of two houses on our current road that has a drive. Still doesn't stop me getting annoyed at the man who doesn't even live on our road but leaves two decrepit camper vans on the corner of our road that haven't moved in the five years I've lived here and are up on bricks! Doesn't help that the council installed a bike hangar opposite where he parks and turning in to the road is a massive blind spot.

JacksonvilleJaguars Fri 29-Mar-19 08:22:50

My friend lives on a small road/cul de sac that has 4 houses of multiple occupancy, and in each house lives 8 men. You can imagine the carnage because most of them have cars.

DH and I have a car and a motorbike each, but we have designated parking for them which we rent (live in an apartment currently). A garage for the bikes and driveway big enough for at least 2 cars is at the top of our house hunting list

pourmeanotherglass Fri 29-Mar-19 08:40:03

Lol. Is permit parking in my area, £50 for one car, £150 for 2 cars or £350 for 3 cars. More than 3 not allowed. No-one has drives, and we are close to a football stadium, so it is practically impossible to park on match day. I don't know any houses with more cars than people.

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Fri 29-Mar-19 08:47:32

Oww I'm so glad many of you seem to understand where I was coming from.

I understand that lots of people need cars to get to work etc but the public transport here is very good and there are even schemes at many companies incentivising you with free or reduced transport costs if you use it. Surely that would be cheaper than having extra vehicles to tax and insure?

I went to bed last night and 10 minutes later I heard him and his wife outside. He had her standing in a space that had become available whilst he went to get one of the cars from 5/6 houses down the road! It was gone 11pm so I've no idea why he felt the need to move it other than to ensure it was closer to his front door.

I do think permit parking would really help but I'm not sure the council would consider it, they don't even have permit parking near many of the schools around here so not sure we would be considered for it.

havingtochangeusernameagain Fri 29-Mar-19 08:55:19

I don’t know why people are so smug about their endless vehicles when the planet is basically going to be dead in 10 years

This. All the virtue signalling about using a cloth bag instead of a plastic one, but drive oversized gas-guzzling Chelsea tractors down the road when they could walk the same journey in 10 minutes.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Fri 29-Mar-19 09:04:48

Pretty unusual for so many people to admit to being Cheeky Fuckers.
And you people with 7 vehicles are definitely CFs

nornironrock Fri 29-Mar-19 09:05:05

I can't believe there are nearly 90 messages on this!

Someone owning more than one car is "entitled"? Grow up.

As long as it is taxed and insured, they can own as many cars as they like. Some people do like to drive for pleasure rather than necessity. If they aren't encroaching on your property, what does it have to do with you?

And no. my wife and I don't have more than one car per person. And we don't park on the street. My neighbour does though. He has two cars (one for fun) and a van for work. And no-one around here could care less.

lasttimeround Fri 29-Mar-19 09:11:54

Ha, but I raise you this for inconsiderate. Our neighbour's have a parking space but park on street to leave it free for their visitors. That way they take up two parking spaces for one detached home. Across street is a terrace with multiple homes ie several cars and no parking. Luckily we have our our off street parking so doesn't affect us but I do find it breathtaking that they just take up a space they don't need for age few times they have someone over.

JamieVardysHavingAParty Fri 29-Mar-19 09:27:14

All the parked cars and vans make it much harder to cross the roads with kids as well. Funny how the private motor car dominates public space.

There's a road near me that is awful to cross because of the reduced visibility around the cars. What drives me mad is the unused driveways.

Selfish, selfish, selfish.

Brilliantidiot Fri 29-Mar-19 09:27:26

I don't drive so I don't care who parks where on my road. But I do get pissed off when over the road who has 4 vehicles (and only he can drive) parks one of them on the pavement so close to my gate that when I have my niece I can't get the pram round.
It also pisses me off that every house just about on this lane has a drive. But they leave the drive empty and park so close to the wall and their overgrown bushes that I can't get through and have to walk on the road. You've got a fecking drive! Use it!

Echobelly Fri 29-Mar-19 09:31:10

We live on a road with very limited parking, with spare spaces round the corner near a church and there are a couple of cars (mainly slightly flashy ones) that owners only seem to drive occasionally as they have another car, and I wish they would park them away round the corner so that more of us with just the one car that we use regularly could more often park near our homes.

buzzbobbly Fri 29-Mar-19 09:41:22

YANBU OP.

People should have a little more community mindedness when choosing where to live, to make sure it suits their circs. When I bought this house, parking was one of the things I strongly considered. I rejected another really nice house because it had one space, where this one has (by strange quirk of design) room for about 5 cars off street!

Parking here is awful though - people ignore their allocated spaces a few steps away to park on the road directly outside their front door, and on corners everywhere. I almost will someone to have a fire and watch the fire engine crashing them out of the way because there is no way it would comfortably fit round these narrow roads.

TruffleShuffles Fri 29-Mar-19 09:47:06

Some people do like to drive for pleasure rather than necessity. If they aren't encroaching on your property, what does it have to do with you?

But that’s the point of the thread, it does encroach on others. If you only have space for one car on a drive, or amazing like some people a handful but have no drive then it quite obviously is encroaching on others yes it may not be on their property but it’s certainly right in front and meaning they can’t park. It’s insanely selfish. I can’t understand the mindset of buying things when you have knowhere to put them, it’s just greed surely.

HandbagCrazy Fri 29-Mar-19 09:55:37

YANBU OP!

On my street we have allocated parking spaces. The first 4 houses have 1 space, the next 3 have 2 spaces and the other 5 have driveways (we have 2 spaces).

1 of the houses with 1 space have 3 cars - 2 they use and 1 which is broken and has been parked at the bottom of the road for over a year.

1 of the houses with a driveway big enough for 1 family car have a pick up truck (which they park on the drive but it also takes up the pavement), a family car they park outside their house, their sons little car which is parked anywhere he can fit it and a business van, also parked wherever he can fit it. They also sometimes bring a small lorry home and park it on a grass verge which takes away all visibility at a junction. They are CF experts though (building works at 5:30am on a Sunday, dog barking at all hours etc).
When they first moved in, the husband actually kicked off at my neighbours because he thought the allocated space outside neighbours space was his (CFs).

On the opposite side of the street we have a family of 4. Driveway which fits 5 cars. Wife and teenage daughter both park their 4x4s on the street whenever possible because "it's hard to get on and off the drive" (funnily enough, old owners daughter used to park her car on it, then use the driveway to turn around so she didn't have to reverse out so it's not like it's bloody small)!

dreamalittlebiggerdarling Fri 29-Mar-19 10:00:54

I have the opposite - live in a house with 2 designated parking spaces and I don’t drive. I’d really like it to be used but there isn’t really a parking problem on my estate and I don’t know whether the terraced houses on the main road 5 mins away would be interested in using them. I realise this isn’t a “problem” but I do angst about not using the spaces when I know there are parking issues elsewhere in the city!

Yokohamajojo Fri 29-Mar-19 10:02:23

We luckily have a drive and only one car but around the corner from us there are two households opposite each other who are both car collectors. One buys and sells cars and would have 4-5 at any time, the one opposite just has lots of cards and motorbikes. Both have tiny drives but oh I would hate living near them. A bit further down on that stretch is a house which runs some sort of import/export firm through their drive, how that can be legal I do not know and they have cars and vans spilling out everywhere.

havingtochangeusernameagain Fri 29-Mar-19 10:04:51

Fabulous. Only the well off get to own cars then

Not really. There's a big difference between having a car that meets your transport needs, and several status symbol cars which go way beyond.

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