It is an offence to store non-motor vehicles and structures such as caravans, trailers and boats on the highway. We have a duty to remove these under the Highways Act 1980 and we work proactively to reduce the numbers by prompt investigation and removal if required.
We ask that owners of caravans, trailers, boats, horseboxes etc not to take up parking space by leaving them parked on the street. They take up much-needed parking space on the roads of the city. Read our report on storage of non-motorised vehicles below.
Under the Highways Act 1980 we will put a legal notice on the property, warning that if you don’t remove it within 28 days it will be taken into storage. If the property is not claimed within 14 days, it will be disposed of.
If an item is taken into storage, a fee must be paid to claim it. This starts at £60 for the removal, with storage costs added from £7.14 per day. Once claimed, the property cannot be returned to the public street.
Tips for owners of non-motor vehicles:
- if you don’t have suitable off-road parking at home, find a storage compound
- if you need to park on the street to unload or load, limit this to one day, outside your house and inform your neighbours
- make sure the caravan or trailer is stable, with hazards removed and gas bottles isolated
- it is against the law to park a caravan or trailer short-term on the street at night without warning lights - ensure reflectors face oncoming traffic
- check that your caravan or trailer is covered by insurance if parked short-term on the street
- don’t carry out repairs or maintenance on the street
- don’t allow people to live in a caravan or run cables across the street
- a caravan or trailer attached to a motor vehicle remains a 'non-motor vehicle or structure' - this policy is applicable