White van driver hits back at police for seizing vehicle after pavement parking
26th April 2022

A driver has been left furious after police allegedly seized his white van as he was parked up.

Officers claimed the vehicle was "causing an obstruction" along the A63 in Leeds and branded the driving "irresponsible".

But the owner of the van called the decision "a joke", claiming he was unable to park on his own driveway.

He wrote on Facebook: "It's actually my work van.

"This is a joke I couldn't fit it on my drive and someone was parked out side my house with there van park just like mine.

"I parked it as close to the side as I could and there was loads of room to walk easily enough room for a buggy or a wheelchair."

He claimed: "It's not illegal to park on paths if you leave enough room for people to walk round there was no obstruction.

"The reason it has been there for a few days is because my own van was stolen on Thursday outside my gym and the keys were in it.

"So this is just going to cost me money for no reason."

While parking on pavements is not illegal outside Greater London, it is advised motorists should avoid doing it anyway.

Leeds Live reports the police's decision in Swillington Common was largely praised by other motorists.

Some even encouraged West Yorkshire Police and other constabularies to do more to tackle the problem.

One wrote on Facebook: "Good, there needs to be more vehicles confiscated.

"I have to use a mobility scooter to get around and it annoys me immensely when vehicles park on the pavement."

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However some social media users defended the van owner, claiming there was little he could have done in that situation.

One said: "Where do you expect workmen to park on that road if they can't get on a drive?

"You'll cause an accident if you have it on road, people bomb down it. It's hardly full of pedestrians."

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