If you park illegally you could be reported to the office of the traffic commissioner.

Can I be reported to the Traffic Commissioner for parking overnight? For many professional drivers, especially those who live and work away from home, finding a suitable and safe parking spot is a regular concern. Parking your vehicle away from the safety of the operating centre can leave both the vehicle and its load vulnerable. Regardless of where you park, remember that you still hold the responsibility for your vehicle and its cargo and if you park illegally you could be reported to the office of the traffic commissioner.

Parking Locations

With time and experience, professional drivers tend to understand where they can safely and legally park their vehicles. However, if you are a newbie, it might be beneficial to seek advice from seasoned drivers, colleagues, or your transport manager.

When deciding where to rest, you might want to consider:

  • The location you are in at the end of your driving day.
  • Whether the location has enough space and is legal for parking an HGV.
  • Availability of food.
  • Access to driver-specific facilities.

Choosing a Suitable Parking Location

Selecting a suitable parking spot is crucial for both your safety and that of your vehicle. When deciding on a location, some factors to consider include:

  • Legality of parking.
  • Safety perception – based on the presence of other parked vehicles.
  • Availability of security features such as overhead lights, fencing, CCTV, etc.
  • Mobile phone signal accessibility.
  • Availability of driver welfare facilities.
  • Proximity to other drivers.
  • Suitability for specific load types, e.g., temperature-controlled equipment, oversized loads, high-value loads, etc.
  • Insurance considerations.

It’s worth noting that while parking HGVs illegally or causing an obstruction is an offence, it’s not necessarily illegal to park on a highway in a residential area. Control of such parking falls under local traffic authorities.

Approved Lorry Parks

Using approved lorry parks (or Truckstops) that operate 24/7 is typically the safest option. They often provide enhanced security measures, such as CCTV monitoring, and entry and exit gates. Many also offer facilities like vehicle washing, fueling, and amenities for drivers.

Parking at the Roadside

Avoid parking at the roadside unless absolutely necessary. If it’s your only option, ensure your safety by:

  • Informing someone of your parking spot.
  • Checking for a mobile signal after parking.
  • Parking in a lay-by off the main road.
  • Adhering to basic parking guidelines like parking away from traffic flow, and using sidelights if needed.

Parking at another Company’s Premises

Seeking parking arrangements with other transport companies can prove beneficial. Such locations might offer safer parking environments compared to the roadside. Even some customers might permit parking at their premises, especially if your vehicle carries their goods.

Finding Appropriate Parking

Depending on whether you are an owner-driver or employed by a company, your parking choices might differ. However, always prioritize safety. Several resources can assist in locating secure parking spots:

  • Trade Association Resources: Many trade associations offer members free access to lorry parking information, both online and offline.
  • Internet Searches: A simple online search can direct you to several lorry parking websites. Many of these platforms offer reviews, helping you gauge the quality of the facilities before deciding.

To sum up, while parking concerns are legitimate, with due diligence and research, professional drivers can find suitable spots to rest and ensure both personal and vehicle safety. As always, remember to plan ahead, ensuring minimal disruptions to your schedule and optimal security.

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