Why the DVLA won’t help you move an illegally parked car

We’ve all read the stories about how there is precious little you can do if someone parks outside your drive , blocking you in.

In 2017 a South Bristol resident and their neighbours were shocked to find a lack of action from the authorities after demanding the police, the council or the DVLA act when a legal, taxed and insured car was either left on the drive by mistake, or carelessly by someone who knew they should not.

The resident, who declined to be named, found that the police would not act, or even trace the owner and call them.

The council said they were not responsible for doing anything, and the DVLA would not contact the owner or tell the frustrated resident who owned the car.

Motorists who do this aren’t doing anything illegal, but there are things you can do.

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