IT can be annoying when you finally find a parking spot but the car next to you has parked across the line, forcing you to do the same.
Can you be fined for taking up two spots?
Can I be fined for parking across two spaces?
There is a possibility that you can be fined for taking up two parking spaces.
According to britishparking.co.uk, your car must be parked within the bay markings or your risk receiving a parking ticket.
Even if the car you're looking to park next to has come across the line, it's best to find another spot to stop you from running into any trouble.
If your car is too large for the spot you're attempting to park in, it's also safer to find another spot.
Some car parks will have large parking spots to accommodate for those larger vehicles, meaning they don't run the risk of parking across two spots.
In 2018, signs from a parking company called Horizon Parking showed up at a Tesco branch in Stockton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire.
The sign stated a £70 charge if vehicles are not parked within marked bays.
Can I park across two spaces if I have paid for two tickets?
It depends on the car park you are parked in as some are more lenient than others.
In 2018, a driver purchased two tickets to avoid their car being hit and seemed to get away with it.
However, taking up two spaces is likely to annoy other drivers, especially if they're having difficulty finding a spot.
How much is a parking fine?
From 2022, the laws on parking charges in the private car parks are changing.
This new rule will mean that private parking operators will only be able to charge between £50 and £70.
The amount will depend on the severity of the offence.
There is also a 50% reduction if a parking ticket is paid within 14 days.
If a parking ticket is not paid within 28 days, an additional 50% charge will be added.