Actually it came about after a a couple in Somerset tried to force their local council to close a lay-by near their home which passing motorists regularly used for open-air "comfort breaks".
Lord Justice Ward at the Court of Appeal (how did it get that far?) ruled that the urinating drivers' impact was not "cumulatively intolerable" because they were not "obviously visible" from the couples home, according to reports.
Now this in an interesting one. I've seen parents in the middle of a town pull there kids pants down and let them pee in the street and frankly I can't understand it (just nip into one of the many shops that have a toilet). We've all seen drunks do it and I guess have looked disgustingly at them.... but.....
Raymond Boyd Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association says
It's always anti-social, it has to be wrong in this day and age. There's no reason in the 21st Century we should have to do this.
If you are making a journey you should be planning where and when you are going to stop - in restaurants, in hotels or in petrol stations.
At the end of the day it's about decency. This is someone exposing themselves in a public place
but come on how many of us haven't found ourselves miles from the nearest toilet and felt overcome......? Really? I'll stick my hand up and say I have. Especially when you are driving I would imagine it's a damn sight safer to nip behind a bush/hedgerow than and try and find a toilet (especially if you are in the middle of the country).
My guidelines are, you are out of sight of the road and not near houses.