Most of us here at Western Industrial commute into work by car.  If, like for us, parking is an issue, then you will greatly value ‘your right’ to park in your designated space in the mornings.  Regrettably, what you class as ‘your right’ might be somewhat self-concocted.  Read on for our low down on parking at work.

So where do you stand with the law?

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act, it has been illegal to clamp, tow or immobilise cars parked on private land without lawful authority since October 2012.  In fact, anyone found breaking the law could be fined any amount deemed reasonable by the prosecutor. This effectively means that clamping and towing will be restricted to the police, local authorities, the DVLA and other authorities acting in accordance with the law, such as airports and railways stations. The standard size for a car park in the UK is approximately 4.75 metres by 1.62 metres from edge to edge, which can include the white line. This allows enough room for opening doors and bigger models of cars.

So how do we prevent unwanted visitors pinching our spots?

If you are a landowner with limited parking spaces for you and your employees (like us), and have nuisance parking issues, it might be a good time to consider an alternative way to keep control of who parks in your car parks!

There is no sure-fire answer, but one solution for would be to install better car park and traffic barriers. Parking bollards and posts are known to be very effective in marking out boundaries, and something like hinged padlock parking posts, or a retractable post that is lockable in an upright position, are both ideal to restrict illicit parking.

Parking barriers are a more friendly way of saying “GET OUT OF MY SPACE!”

Where can I get my hands on some?

Our very own Western Industrial Products have an enormously large range of parking posts – to help end your car park arguments!

Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage