Parking and siteing
Motorhomes are not the easiest vehicle to park, so it may be advisable to avoid town or city centres. Motorhome owners are not allowed to use multi-storey car parks.
Parking spaces in our major cities such as London and Birmingham come at a premium, if you can find one at all, notwithstanding the congestion charge for driving into central London as well. If travel in London is necessary you perhaps would be as well to park on the outskirts then use public transport.
Some convenient locations to park might include the larger supermarkets, (and they have competitively priced fuel), some railway stations have large car parking and the ‘Park and Ride’ parks. Beware of any imposed height restrictions or overhead barriers; the limit is around 10ft (3/048m).
Be selective when you pitch your motorhome/caravan, a hard standing surface is recommended as nearly all motorhomes are front wheel drive, your vehicle or caravan will always sink a little and more on wet or soft ground, you don’t want to lose grip.
There may be street parking restrictions for caravans under regulation 103 of The Construction and Use Regulations Act 1986 (as amended) which states that no person in charge of a motor vehicle or trailer shall cause or permit the vehicle to stand on a road so as to cause any unnecessary obstruction of the road. It could be removed as being classed as on obstruction because of its size, how it’s parked and type of road. Your attention is also drawn to Highways Act 1980 sections 130, 143 and 149 plus the Highway Code paragraph 242. It is not advisable to park a caravan where:
It could potentially cause an obstruction.
It should not be parked at night on the road without any lights.
They should not be parked in a parking meter ‘bay’.
Is not securely fastened, chocked and braked.
Local laws forbid the use of parking bays.
When using the local council parks or area’s, read the rules. Some statutory paragraphs might include the following:
Customers on site must comply with the Park’s rules. Anyone failing to do so,
will be asked to leave the Park within two hours and will not receive
Recompense or a refund (although refundable deposits will be returned upon
the safe receipt of the key fob and passes).
The Council reserves the right to ban individuals from future use of the Park if
a minimum of 3 written complaints are received from other campers and are
substantiated by the Councils staff. Additionally the Council reserves the right to
ban individuals based on observation of activities that are detrimental to the
Park or the well being and safety of other Park visitors. All damages must be
Failure to remove your caravan / motor home / tent will entitle the Council to
remove/store any such items and the costs involved will be recovered by the
Council. The Council shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused
to any such item or its contents during its removal and storage.
If any crime or misdemeanor is committed in the Park by any person
occupying the site then the Council reserves the right to exclude that person
from the Park or cancel the agreement to occupy the site.
Where no crime is committed but activities such as causing a nuisance,
domestic disturbance, rowdiness etc. result in an onsite police investigation,
then the above clause will also apply.
Should customers notice any individuals setting up a tent or entering the site
with a caravan after hours then we would request that you notify the Park
Warden or contact Visitor Centre staff so that the matter can be addressed.
The National Trailer and Towing Association - http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/