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A VIRAL video has been causing a debate across the country regarding who has right of way when you're driving past parked cars.

The footage shows two motorists bringing the road to a standstill after refusing to give way in a remarkable road rage standoff.

The bus and a car came head to head – with vehicles parked up on both sides of the road and neither driver backing up to let the other through.

The man behind the wheel of the gold Volkswagen is heard bragging about his £40,000 car and telling the bus driver to ‘get a proper job’ – before adding ‘bye bye licence’.

Motorists were left stuck for around 15 minutes before the coach eventually reversed to let the car through.

The incident happened in Burtonwood in Warrington but has had motorists across the country talking after the video went viral.

But who has right of way when there's cars parked on both sides of the road?

We've consulted the Highway Code, RAC, website Driving Test Tips and driving schools to see what drivers should do if they are ever in a similar situation.

Who has the right of way?

Although passing parked cars rules can vary depending on the situation, generally who has the right of way is detailed by the diagrams below from the Driving Test Tips website. 

For the scenarios below, you are the driver of the red car.

Passing parked cars on the left

If you're passing the yellow parked cars on the left, the red car does not have the right of way as it has to cross onto the opposite side of the road in order to clear the parked cars.

The red car will need to wait behind the yellow cars to give way to oncoming vehicles.

Chorley Citizen:

Parked cars on the right

Passing the yellow parked cars on the right, the red car has right of way.

Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction will need to wait behind the yellow cars until it is clear for them to cross onto the opposite side of the road.

Chorley Citizen:

Cars parked on both sides of the road

In this picture vehicles are parked on both sides of the road, represented by the yellow cars, and means nobody has right of way.

Either driver of the red cars will need to find a suitable gap to pull into to allow the other vehicle to continue.

Chorley Citizen:

Giving way even if you have right of way

As the driver of the red car with the yellow parked cars on the opposite side of the road, you have right of way.

However, if an oncoming vehicle has already committed to the overtaking procedure whilst you are approaching, you should give way.

You should be looking well ahead before and while passing parked cars for this type of situation and be prepared to give way even if it’s your right of way.

The Driving Test Tips site adds: "The key is to observe the parked cars well before you reach them, gently slow the car and look well ahead for oncoming vehicles.

"Whilst passing the parked cars, look out for gaps that are large enough for an oncoming vehicle to pull into.

"If the road is narrow, be prepared to stop and wait for the oncoming car to pull into the gap and allow you to proceed."

Chorley Citizen:

Pic credits: Driving Test Tips website

Is it any different when there's a bus involved?

According to the RAC, the Highway Code tells us to give priority to buses, coaches and trams when you can do so safely.

This is particularly the case when they’re signalling to pull away from stops.

A spokesman added: "The truth is, it isn’t a legal requirement. Buses must indicate and wait for a gap in traffic like the rest of us.

"But not only is it courteous to safely slow down and leave a good distance as soon as you see a larger vehicle’s signal, it also avoids confusion and the possibility of a large bus pulling into your path."