The car park was quite small, and the vehicle I was driving was a Long Wheelbase Ford Transit. There is limited visibility behind the vehicle and it is not fitted with parking sensors. So, at the very least, there is an increased risk of hitting a pedestrian or another vehicle queuing behind me.
Aside from this, there was also the obvious risk associated with driving the wrong way around a car park one-way system, as the width of the road inside the car park is only large enough for one vehicle to pass.
Is there any sign at the entrance do indicate that there is a height restriction?
No, there were no signs at the entrance to indicate a maximum height restriction in the car park (hence choosing it).Is the physical height restriction only at the exit?
Yes. They physical height restriction was only in place at the exit.Is your vehicle unusually high?
The vehicle is a High Roof Long Wheelbase Ford Transit. So, it is no higher than a minibus or vehicle of a similar height.
You can see an example here.Was there anything at the entrance to the car park to indicate the commercial vehicles were not allowed?
No. There were also other commercial vehicles parked in the car park, near the entrance.Are you saying that you passed under the height restriction barrier at the exit but still damage the vehicle roof as the car park roof was actually lower than height restriction barrier
No. There was no roof to the car park. It was an open topped ground level car park. (Not multi-storey and not underground)
I damaged the top part of the front slope of the van- so there was no way to physically fit through the barrier (I found this out after colliding with it). I had to turn the van around and drive out through the entrance after finding the van wouldn't fit.
Thanks for helping point me in the right direction.
Can it not be argued that the car park company has a duty of care, in so far that if a one-way system and height restriction is in place, then a height barrier or sign at the entrance should be installed and clearly visible?
The exit was not visible from the entrance. So there was no way to determine whether one could leave the car park in the appropriate manor upon entering.