Leaving a vehicle displaying a "For Sale" sign in the road, on
the pavement or on
adjoining open areas is illegal. If you do advertise
your vehicle in such a way, we can not only give you a fixed
penalty notice (fine) but we also have the power to remove your
vehicle and keep it as evidence should you go to court.
However it is not illegal to put a 'for sale' sign if
your vehicle is on your driveway.
Selling your vehicle from your driveway
You are allowed to sell your vehicle with advertising signs
inside if you do so from your driveway. However if it is
perceived that you are selling as a business then this is illegal
and you will need to contact us.
If you are planning to sell vehicles as a business from a
residential property then you will need to get planning
permission. Please see our planning
permission pages to find out more.
Selling vehicles as a business
If you are a business or perceived a selling vehicles as a
business, then please be aware of the following:
- Recognised showrooms which park vehicles outside the limits of
- Individuals or businesses buying and selling cars in the road
(sometimes trying to disguise this activity by using different
- Individuals who buy a car, do it up, sell it on and then buy
another to repeat the process .
The Council has a clear policy that it will take action if you
do any of the above.
It is an offence under Section 38 of the London Local
Authorities Act 1990 to expose or offer for sale any vehicle on a
public street. Authorised Officers of the Council or Police
Constables may remove as evidence any motor vehicle offered for
sale in this way.
At the Council's discretion any or all of the following actions
may be taken:
- Notices will be affixed to vehicles pointing out the
- Vehicles may be seized as evidence and removed from the
- A formal letter of warning may be sent to the registered owner
of the vehicles.
- A fixed penalty notice may be issued.
- The owners may receive a formal caution.
- The owners may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court in which
case the following penalties will apply. The maximum daily fine
upon conviction is £1,000 and Magistrates may also make an order
for the vehicle to be forfeited in which case it is likely to be
crushed by the Council. They can also award costs to cover removal
and storage of the vehicle if it has been seized.
Repairing a vehicle on the road
You can repair your own vehicle on the public road.
However, repairing of a vehicle for payment or reward
or as part of a business in most cases is
illegal. If you are unsure, please contact the Customer
There may also be other offences involved, for example not
disclosing if you are a trader, unroadworthy vehicles or "clocked"
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