Who Do I Call if Someone is Blocking my Driveway?

BEEP BEEP! (Don’t do this.)

Quick answer:

What can you do if someone parks in your driveway? We’re here to help. First, can you squeeze your way out? Because you may simply want to give them a piece of your mind by slapping on one of our more aggressive Do Your Park magnets. But if you are blocked in and need to get somewhere ASAP, you need to call the police using the non-emergency line (do not call a tow company directly!). Blocking a driveway is an immediate-tow offense, and because tow companies love money, they should arrive relatively soon. If you’re in a rush, before you ram through the barricade with your own car, you might consider taking a Lyft for the day.

More details:

You wake up, ready to seize the day, when an unexpected breakfast is served your way – a classic shit sandwich. Someone has decided to park their rust-bucket in your driveway, blocking you in. Is it illegal to park in front of a driveway? Yes, absolutely. But some folks love to “stick it to the man”. And now, you can stick it to them. We here at Do Your Park have a general disgust toward tow trucks, their drivers, and the industry as a whole. However, we realize it’s a necessary evil, and in certain applications, completely justified. This is one of those times. Savor it!

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“Look what we got here…”

There are many ways to go about having someones car towed. You can watch stealthily from your window. Or you can stand partially nude in your yard, proudly on display as a warning sign to your idiot neighbors. But remember this: if you want to have someones car towed, call the police and have them handle it.

Why call the police first? Because in the event that the owner loses his/her shit and tries to sue for damages or lost wages, you’re removed of the situation and free of any liability. If you call a tow company directly, they may give the owner your information. And building a backyard Thunderdome to settle your differences “the old-fashioned way” can be costly.

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You warned ’em!

Be proactive

The best offense is a strong defense, so if some yahoo is consistently blocking your driveway or you live in a congested area like San Francisco, you might consider posting a sign like this one on a nearby post or tree. This gives potential offenders fair warning, and keeps your conscious clear when the tow truck makes off with their ride!

Can you park in front of your own driveway?

Ooo boy, really trying to test the waters, huh? Unfortunately, parking in front of your own driveway is still technically illegal. The sidewalk and curb in front of your house is still city property, and determining who exactly is parking in front of the driveway is next to impossible for parking enforcement. There are reports of many neighborhoods only receiving a ticket for parking in a driveway if someone calls to report it, so it depends how risky you’re feeling. Here in L.A., I see a handful of cars on my block consistently block (what I assume is) their own driveway. I have rarely seen them ticketed/towed, but if it were me, I’d keep searching for a real spot.

Park better. Pass it on.

Written by Peter V.
Peter is an L.A.-based designer, blogger and daily commuter. He explores what causes parking to suck in urban environments, how to bring about parking regulation changes, and the latest advancements in parking tech.