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05 April 2021

Research reveals anti-social parking biggest frustration for motorists

Research by the British Parking Association reveals that anti-social and inconsiderate parking are the biggest frustrations people experience. This includes obstructing pavements, blocking someone’s driveway, parking in designated bays they are not eligible to use or taking up more than one space.

It is hoped that by putting an emphasis on the importance of motorists respecting others, thinking before they park and, not behaving selfishly, a different conversation can be had about the role of the parking sector.

The rise in staycations during the summers of 2020 and 2021 saw hoards of people flock to beaches and beauty spots, leaving their cars by roadsides and thoughtlessly blocking access for emergency vehicles and wheelchair users.

This saw an outpouring of support across social media for the thousands of parking professionals working in key frontline roles, keeping our roads and streets clear and safe to use.  Members of the public worst affected by bad parking took to Twitter to vent their frustrations to call for more to be done:

  • “Today was the worst I've ever seen it. Pavements were blocked both sides of the road.”
  • "They parked anywhere they could. Lots of parking fines were handed out, but they didn’t care”
  • “People parking on roundabouts, yellow lines, blocking residents’ driveways & leaving tons of rubbish behind and verbally abusing & spitting at the people trying to clean up after them.”
  • “The fines need to be much higher. One resident told me one driver said they didn't care about the fine as they divided between four.”

The real impact of so many people thinking antisocial behaviour and poor parking is acceptable is that it increases congestion, there’s additional pollution and rising frustration from people living in these areas. Simply put - lives are at risk, as journey times for emergency vehicles get longer, disabled and visibly impaired people, and parents with pushchairs are forced into the path of moving vehicles, and overcrowded destinations make it impossible for everyone to socially distance.

Richard Walker Parking Partnership Group Manager at North Essex Parking Partnership