§ Mr. Andrew Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to prohibit the use by organisations of the highway outside residential properties for displaying second hand cars for sale.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
[holding answer 8 July 1992]: I have been asked to reply.
Part III of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 already enables district councils to take powers to control the selling, exposing or offering for sale, of any article on any road or footway.
Where the display of cars for sale on the highway takes place in association with off-highway land which is being used for the sale of second-hand cars in breach of planning control, local planning authorities have adequate powers to take enforcement action under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The parking of such vehicles on the highway may also constitute an offence if waiting restrictions apply or if the vehicles are parked dangerously or obstructively; in such circumstances, action would be a matter for the police or traffic wardens, as appropriate.