Crackdown on night parking

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Motorists across Somerset are being warned of a rule in the Highway Code which could cost thousands.

Parking your vehicle the wrong way round at night could land you with a fine

Rule 248 of the Highway Code states 'you must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space,'

Motors parked the correct way would be visible and illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflectors. Some keen drivers might already be aware of the rules, but for the rest of us it may come as a bit of a shock to find out that parking your car facing the wrong way could land you with a huge fine.

Traffic wardens across the country are reportedly cracking down, using the long-standing rule to hit people with fines for what you think may be a perfectly parked car.

The rules apply to all unmarked parking on the street — and if you don't know the law it could cost.

Cars could be parked any way around during the day — but when the sun goes down it opens owners up to fines.

Parking facing the traffic in unlit roads can be extremely dangerous.

Car scrapping comparison site warns that these cars would be shrouded in darkness as the drivers passing by wouldn't be able to see them properly.

"We've dealt with cars that have been written-off due to a passing car crashing into them as they have partly stuck out from a parking space."

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