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Do the direction markings on the car parks belonging to the council, hospitals and trading estates, for example, have any legal standing? Could a driver going the “wrong” way be prosecuted? How are insurance companies likely to respond to a claim resulting from such an accident?

Some car parks where the access is open, ie where there’s no barrier, are now classified as the public highway. A motorist could therefore face prosecution for failing to observe the signs. As far as claims are concerned the classification of the car park is immaterial. Whether it’s a public car park or private land you have to be able to prove fault. Anyone involved in an accident while ignoring direction markings would have difficulty proving they weren’t to blame.

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