Call for smart solutions as parking problems highlighted

Councils are being encouraged to invest in smart parking solutions following the news that motorists spend nearly four days a year looking for a parking space.

According to new research from the British Parking Association (BPA), motorists in the UK spend an average of 91 hours a year looking for parking spaces.

Councils are also being urged to promote any technology already in use as the research revealed just 17% of motorists across the UK have used a parking app to help them find a place to park.

The monotony and frustrations of driving around looking for a space may well be the reason why 39% of motorists say finding somewhere to park is a stressful experience, with only 20% saying it is stress free. People who park badly and block more than one space (59%) are high on the motorists’ list of frustrations, followed by a lack of parking (48%), car parks that are difficult to navigate (27%) and a lack of visible pay and display machines (17%).

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.

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA, commented: “This survey supports our own research which highlights ease of access and convenience as well as safety and lighting are key issues for motorists when looking to park. Accreditations such as Park Mark and the Disabled Parking Accreditation are nationally recognised schemes managed by the BPA, which ensure car parks are well managed, safer and accessible.

“The BPA is committed to assisting motorists in having the best possible parking experience by building public confidence in using newer technologies which can make finding and paying for parking so much easier and more convenient. The government could help by devolving powers to local authorities to enable them to reduce congestion and improve air quality still further.”

Last month it was announced that Cardiff is set to unveil Europe’s first citywide deployment of bay parking sensor tech.

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