It is illegal to sell two or more vehicles on the road within 500 metres of each other as part of a business. These are considered to be nuisance vehicles.
Garages and businesses cause a nuisance to local residents by placing cars for sale on a street or in lay-bys. This can also take up valuable parking spaces required for local residents.
Nuisance vehicles can also include two or more vehicles belonging to the same registered keeper, parked on a street (within 500m of each other) in order to be repaired by a garage or other business. This can cause a nuisance, look unsightly, damage the environment (leaking oil) and also be a danger to passers-by.
You can report nuisance vehicles to us by emailing
What can be done?
Environmental Health enforcement officers will issue a £100 fixed penalty notice where this behaviour is witnessed.
The police will also check to ensure a vehicle advertised for sale has all the legal documentation (such as insurance) to be kept on the public highway. If not, they may seize the vehicle as well.