Four days a year 'wasted' looking for a parking space

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

by: Sacha Oerlemans

Motorists spend nearly four days a year looking for a parking space, it has been claimed. A survey from the British Parking Association (BPA) said the average motorist in the UK spent nearly four days every year – 91 hours – trying to find a space to park.

It also revealed four in 10 (39%) motorists say finding somewhere to park is a stressful experience and six in 10 (59%) identify drivers that block more than one space as one of the most frustrating things about parking.

When looking for somewhere to park, location (67%), ease of access (51%) and bright lighting (44%) were most important for motorists with clear facilities (10%) and a parking attendant (10%) the least important.

The BPA also learnt it takes nearly eight minutes to find somewhere to park in London compared to five minutes in the East of England and East Midlands.

‘Effective parking and traffic management is essential in supporting the sustainable growth of our town centres and high streets. Motorists, of course, also have a responsibility to ensure they are parking so as not to cause inconvenience to others.’

Extract from Transport Network