The Herts and Essex Observer is running the story with the headline ‘Police warn drivers that obstructive parking in Bishops Stortford could result in tickets or prosecution’. This legislation has been around for a long time (since 1986 in fact).
Specifically, under Regulation 103 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations it reads ‘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’.
A criticism of those in support of local businesses is that shoppers are deterred from visiting because it is difficult to park and/or the car parking charges are high.
If the police used these powers (as they have always been able to) to stop/deter bad parking, then could this be used as a win-win for the police and the local community - visibly cracking down on the minority that are doing wrong and letting the majority drive in and out of town being able to park and shop without hindrance.