Trading law catches out Harold Hill resident who hoped to sell his car from the street

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 17 April 2018

Simon Lovelock who was fined by Havering council for having a for sale notice in his car window

Simon Lovelock who was fined by Havering council for having a for sale notice in his car window


A Harold Hill resident was shocked to discover that he was breaking the law by displaying a for-sale advertisement in his car.

After placing an advert in his Mondeo car, 38-year-old Simon Lovelock, from Hailsham Road, received a letter stating that he was being fined £55 for the sign.

He told the Recorder: “It was quite a shock. I always thought you just put a sign in the car and sell it.

“The sign hadn’t even been up for that long - about a week.

“[The law] needs to be clear. I don’t know how they could change something like that and then not notify everyone clearly.”

Simon, who works for Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf, has since managed to sell his car on Gumtree.

“From what I understand they are using a by-law which is against street trading,” said Simon.

“I can understand if someone had a business and they had lots of cars outside on the street, however that wasn’t the case.

“Maybe, rather than straight away giving out fines, there should be a warning.”

Havering Council pointed out that this rule applies in many boroughs.

Like most local authorities, the council is covered by the London Local Authorities Act 1990, which means that a street trader can only trade from a pitch licensed by the council.

In Havering, there are certain streets which have been designated as areas where street trading may take place.

In order to trade legally in one of these areas, then it is necessary to apply for a license.

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