Drivers who park in a hurry face a £100 fine and three points on their licence – even if they’re not parked on yellow lines. Drivers are sometimes tempted to park quickly – especially if they are only going to be a few minutes.

But if a car is causing an obstruction, it becomes a police matter – even if there are no obvious markings on the road to signal restrictions. And the offence of ‘Leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position’ attracts an immediate £100 fine as well as three points on a driver’s licence which stay on record for four years.

The warning comes from motoring experts Select Car Leasing, who have called for peckish drivers to be considerate when grabbing food – particularly with a UEFA Euro 2024 final weekend approaching.

Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, says: “You might only be popping into your local restaurant to pick up a curry or kebab, but if you’ve parked inconsiderately you risk falling foul of the law.

“Even if you haven’t parked on single yellow or double yellow lines – which could attract a fine from your local council – if you’ve stopped in the middle road, blocking-in another driver, obstructing a pavement, parking on a blind corner, or you’ve left your vehicle in a dip in the road, it’s an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988.

“And if you’re hit with a £100 fine, points on your licence and a hike in the cost of your car insurance, your takeaway dinner will end up looking like one very expensive meal indeed.”

The Road Traffic Act states: “If a person in charge of a vehicle causes or permits the vehicle or a trailer drawn by it to remain at rest on a road in such a position or in such condition or in such circumstances as to involve a danger of injury to other persons using the road, he is guilty of an offence.”

The Highway Code, meanwhile, adds: “You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.”

Select Car Leasing adds: “There are myriad ways in which your parked vehicle could be judged as a ‘danger’ to others, and that includes parking less than 10m away from a junction.

“And while you might assume you’ll be in and out of the restaurant with your food before anyone even notices your poor parking, it only takes a second for the police to see it and take action.”

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 also make it plain that you can’t just leave a car anywhere that’s convenient.

It says: “No person in charge of a motor vehicle or trailer shall cause or permit the vehicle to stand on a road so as to cause any unnecessary obstruction of the road.”