- Jul 18, 2017
Do you apply the handbrake when parking up the vehicle or do you simply leave it in Park if automatic or in gear if manual?
Well my police neighbour clearly failed to “ effectively set” her handbrake. Her father could have charged her with a driving offence too. As it was he that had to recover it.Not many people realised that it is an offence not to apply the handbrake when parking up on a public road.
The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986
"Leaving motor vehicles unattended
107.—(1) Save as provided in paragraph (2), no person shall leave, or cause or permit to be left, on a road a motor vehicle which is not attended by a person licensed to drive it unless the engine is stopped and any parking brake with which the vehicle is required to be equipped is effectively set."
I don't know if there is any case law on this - but certainly a transmission brake is acceptable as well as a wheel brake.I wonder if the police or the judge will see it the same way as legislation specifically mentions Parking Brake? However chances of being nicked are very slim.
They have been known to fail same as a handbrake however the legislation refers to a parking brake. Even if it was not law I know I would prefer to use the parking or hand brake.I don't know if there is any case law on this - but certainly a transmission brake is acceptable as well as a wheel brake.
Two of our immediate neighbours are police officers. The family drive is sloping as is the road. Last year one of their cars ran backwards and hit a car opposite. The handbrake had been out on but not hard enough.It is only if the car rolls away that you will normally be caught, but a few people have been caught when another car has hit theirs and it has then rolled.
I simply do not understand why anyone would ignore the obvious safety advantage of using the hand brake.
I never use the handbrake when parking in the garage.Always use handbrake(electric) and in "park" on mine.
When I worked at the docks though,the Hondas coming off the ships had to be parked in the compounds,handbrake off and first gear.
Many of them spent a lot of time in the compounds until they were moved.