HC Deb 03 February 1938 vol 331 c366
26. Mr. Crowder

asked the Home Secretary whether, under police regulations, residents in private streets are entitled to ask the police to request owners of cars parked in front of their houses to remove them forthwith?

Mr. Lloyd

If by "private streets" my hon. Friend means streets which are not highways or roads to which the public has access, the police have no power to take any action in respect of standing vehicles. As regards roads to which the public has access, the police are always ready to give attention to complaints made to them by residents who suffer inconvenience from vehicles left standing outside their premises: but the question whether the police can take any effective action depends on whether the presence of the vehicle amounts to an obstruction calculated to cause interruption of free passage or to an unreasonable use of the road.