Motorists warned breaking little-known driveway rule could land them with £5k fine

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Motorists have been warned that they face a £5,000 fine if they break a little-known rule. Using someone else's driveway to turn around could lead to prosecution and a fine, experts have warned.

It is prohibited to use a private driveway for a three-point turn and could be deemed as 'trespassing'. Select Van Leasing said that hitting anything in the process could result in a criminal damage charge.

Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, said: "Those 'No Turning' signs you often see at the entrance to homes are there for a reason. Ignore them and you could find yourself being hauled before the courts, particularly if you're found to be a repeat offender.

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"With the rise in popularity of doorbell cameras, your trespass is highly likely to be caught on camera, making it easier for a prosecution to be secured." Causing serious damage while turning could earn you a £5,000 fine or even a community order and prosecution, The Mirror reports.

Mr Conway added: "We've seen cases where delivery drivers have tried to turn around in someone's driveway, only to find themselves stuck in large trenches dug for building work, and which the motorist has been oblivious to.

"My advice to all motorists, whether you're in a car or van, is to be considerate of homeowners and find another way to turn around, even if you need to make multiple manoeuvres in the road to get to where you need to be."

Generally, it's trespassing and seen as nuisance behaviour to turn your vehicle around in someone's driveway without permission. Police usually intervene after a homeowner has repeatedly tried in a peaceful manner to stop a driver from turning in their driveway.