§ 76. Mr. Crowder
asked the Home Secretary what instructions are issued to the Metropolitan Police with regard to cars parked outside other people's houses; and, in particular, whether, in the event of a "no parking" sign being exhibited out side a house, the police are instructed, at the request of the householder concerned, to oblige car owners who park their cars in defiance of such notice to move them away?
§ Mr. Lloyd
The police have standing instructions to the effect that they must use every effort to reduce to a minimum the obstruction to the circulation of traffic caused by standing vehicles. A single car standing outside private premises does not 33 necessarily constitute obstruction, and the question whether or not obstruction is in fact being caused does not depend on the exhibition of privately erected "no parking" signs which are not authorised by law.
§ Mr. Crowder
While appreciating what the law is as regards obstruction by these vehicles, is the hon. Gentleman aware of the annoyance and inconvenience caused to householders by unauthorised people leaving their cars outside other people's front doors and in unauthorised parking places, so that the owners of the houses cannot get to their own front doors? Cannot the hon. Member give the police some power in this matter?
§ Mr. Maxton
Is there any difference in the treatment of a person who owns a car leaving it outside his own door as opposed to a third party?
§ Mr. Maxton
Does not a car outside a person's own house obstruct the street as much as anybody else's car would?
§ Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew
Is my hon. Friend aware that although the police may have instructions to deal with this matter, in point of fact they refuse to do so?
§ Mr. Benjamin Smith
What special rights has the frontager over any other motor-car owner who stops outside his door?
§ Mr. Craven-Ellis
Is it not a fact that all streets are dedicated to the public, and therefore how can any distinction be made for frontagers?