Britain's motorists spend a total of over two days a year looking for a spot to park in and £2.6bn of damage is caused by nearly 16million parking prangs each year.
A new survey by insurers Privilege found that reasons given for parking chaos include not having enough spaces to satisfy demand (56 per cent), not being able to find a space that doesn’t need to be paid for (32 per cent), double yellow lines (28 per cent) and residents parking schemes (26 per cent).
The data collated from 2,000 respondents was used to produce a measure of how bad it is to park in towns and cities across the UK. Cities were given scores for the minutes per week drivers spend looking for spaces, the number of accidents drivers have had in the city and the percentage of drivers who have received a parking ticket in the past five years and fed them into a formula to give each city an overall score.
Birmingham topped the list with a cumulative parking score of 228. It was closely followed by Manchester (217), Cardiff (215) and Bristol (209).
What was surprising was Britain's largest and busiest city, London, only came in fifth place on the list, with a cumulative score of 204. We can’t help but think the introduction of Smart Parking bay sensor technology and the widely adopted ParkRight app has had a favourable impact on the score by making it easier for motorists to find parking in the Capital, whilst also having a positive effect on redistribution of occupancy from busy streets to those with underutilised bays.
London also came sixth when looking solely at the average time spent looking for a space, at 42 minutes per week.
Parking at your fingertips
ParkRight puts the driver in control of their day and eliminates the stress of driving around, looking for a space.
The application gives the driver the ability to search specific parking places by name or postcode allowing them to see real-time parking availabilty in their desired location and surrounding streets.
The app also offers motorists information about the bays including cost of parking, maximum stay time, type of parking bay and hours of control. The quantity and quality of information in the app ensures that drivers are well informed about how, where and when to park legally and safely in Westminster.
Once users have selected a parking location then the application interacts with the mobile devices’ inbuilt satellite navigation system to direct them to the space.
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Westminster is not the only council to benefit from the deployment of Smart Parking’s bay sensor technology. Cities worldwide also reaping the rewards is the New Zealand capital, Wellington and the ACT Government with its deployment in Manuka, Canberra.