Drivers spend 44 hours a year looking for a parking space

Drivers spend 44 hours a year looking for a parking space

How much time do you spend looking for somewhere to park?

New research from traffic information provider Inrix reveals that UK drivers spend an average of 44 hours a year searching for a parking space, at a cost of £733 each in wasted time, fuel and emissions.

The cost to the country as a whole works out at £23.3bn.

Inrix analysed the parking situation in 10 of the UK's largest cities, with London ranking as the worst city to find parking. On average, drivers in the capital spend 67 hours a year searching for a spot, costing them £1,104 each in wasted time, fuel and emissions and the city as a whole £4.3bn.

Belfast came second (56 hours/£134m), followed by Leeds (47 hours/£297m), Bristol (46 hours/£169m), Birmingham (46 hours/£373m), Cardiff (44 hours/£126m), Manchester (41 hours/£169m), Glasgow (40 hours/£226m), Edinburgh (38 hours/£167m) and Southampton (35 hours/£98m).

The survey also found that drivers spend as much as £209 each every year paying for extra parking time to avoid a penalty charge. And the cost of parking fines amounts to £39 per driver per year.

"If we add up all the costs in this research, so the time spent searching for a space, the amount drivers overpay for parking and the amount spent in fines, the 'total' cost of parking pain in the UK is more than £30bn a year," said Dr Graham Cookson, chief economist at Inrix. "This cost is not only borne by drivers but also by local economies as people avoid shops due to parking issues."

Is technology the answer?

Cookson went on to point out that, while 71% of drivers said there isn't enough parking available, occupancy for spaces can be as low as 50%.

"We have an information problem more than a parking problem," he said.

"To lessen the significant burden parking pain has on our economy and lives, smart parking solutions are available for drivers, parking operators and cities to help reduce search times, congestion and pollution as well as negate overpaying and fines altogether. Still, more needs to be done to drive adoption. Parking pain will only get worse until technology is fully embraced."

Would you ever use an app to help find a parking space?


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Posted 18 July 2017 by Louise Page

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