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DRIVERS WILL WALK HALF A MILE TO AVOID PARKING CHARGES

Viewsbank members recently gave their views on the subject of parking and parking costs.  Here’s the press release that will be going public in the next 48 hours.  Thought you might like to see the results.  Regards, Rob.

  • Parking charges at hospitals are biggest issue for drivers
  • One in three admit to not paying in pay and display car parks
Motorists are voting with their feet over parking charges with the average driver willing to walk around half a mile rather than pay a fee, new findings1 from independent market research firm Viewsbank shows.
 
The nationwide study among motorists shows rising resentment over parking fees across the country with just 11% of motorists saying they would rather pay a fee than walk. On average drivers are willing to walk up to half a mile and over a fifth of motorists are willing to walk a mile or more rather than pay up.
 
The study found 32% of motorists admit to having gambled on parking in a pay and display site without paying – and possibly as a result two-thirds (66%) say they have had one parking fine in the past three years.
 
Recent research from the RAC Foundation found councils in England made a profit of £565 million in 2011/12 from on and off street parking including fines – and that is likely to have increased in subsequent years.
 
The Viewsbank research shows parking fees at hospitals cause the most resentment – 86% of drivers feel aggrieved at having to pay in hospital car parks compared with just 37% who are unhappy about charges at airports and 47% who don’t like paying to park at railway stations.
 
However the pressure on parking spaces is highlighted by the fact that 18% of motorists find it difficult to find space for their car near their own homes.
 
David Black of Viewsbank commented: “There is a balance to be struck between cutting traffic congestion and costs for motorists but for many the balance is tilted too far against drivers.
“People are literally voting with their feet and taking direct action to avoid paying a fee with the average motorist willing to walk half a mile. There clearly is a problem with parking with many people struggling to find a space near their home.”
 
The research shows 76% of motorists say car parking charges deter them from shopping in their local town centre and 89% say free parking would encourage them back into high streets rather than out of town shopping malls.
 
And intriguingly drivers claim to be honest about damaging other cars in car parks while suffering the exact opposite from other motorists.
 
Nearly half (49%) of all motorists claim their car has been damaged in a public car park at some point with just 11% saying the person who caused the damage left a note admitting it and leaving contact details.
 
However just 8% of motorists admit to having damaged another car in a car park – and 67% say they left their contact details.
 

Comments

Good to know what happens to the surveys I complete. Cheers Smile

I have a friend on fb who got a private ticket for parking on private land. It was for £50, the ticket can not be inforced only send the person threatening letters. Also At our hospital the charge for up to 3 hours it is £4.50 the car park is full of pot holes and not enough spaces so where is this money going if it isnt for the car park. (the attendants must be on a good wage).

If the councils are really serious about regenerating the town centres, why don't they trial for 9 months scrapping all car parking charges to see if it makes any difference to the number of shoppers it attracts.

Rather than councils charging excessive parking charges, they should be encouraging motorists to car share or use the Park and Ride scheme; which would not just ease the traffic congestion, but be better for the environment.

I agree that parking is an issue whether it’s finding parking space in front of your own house or elsewhere. When I have to go to hospital I can’t park in shops car park opposite hospital because they fine you, And if you park in the hospital car park they charge even if its just a few minutes job. So what can you do, drive around look for parking, couple of streets further ahead of hospital. I would not take the risk of parking and not paying or paying and parking.

our local hospital is way too expensive they charge you even for drop of at A&E, 70p charge as you leave and if you dont pay it your sent a £70 fine through your door within a week.

dam ridiculous is this, me & my husband go shopping on a sunday because the car park is free all day

We are quite lucky here in Milngavie (Glasgow) because our local car parks are fee (at the moment). At our local hospital you do have a charge, but the problem is that when it was free people used it as a free car park for the station. So it was very difficult to park as they blocked it all day. Now you can park but you have a charge, as it's not too high I think it's acceptable.

I would much rather walk half a mile than have to pay a parking charge some of these charges are really un nessercary especially these ones on a pub car cark or shopping car park when you are going in to eat or shop and have to pay to display before you do so you might as well be getting this money back if you are using there facilities but its making sure you have this spare change in your purse before hand anyway . When sometimes you may want to just nip in the shop and pay for something on you card but stil have to find the cash to be able to pay the parking fee for that particular car park .........

I agree with many of these posts, i tend to park then walk into town, some of the charges we have to pay are really unrealistic, the only good thing about parking then walking is the exercise you get. People will end up online shopping due to not being able to afford to pay for parking , which will have an impact on the stores in town.

Personally I believe there shouldn't be parking charges we pay enough in taxes and other extra costs. Car parks/parking spaces are exactly that for sparking its what they are there for. Putting people off using parking by extreme costs is stupid they alternatively end up parking on road sides and small streets witch can be dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians. Parking should be free simply for the safety factor.

I AM A NEW DRIVER AND I THINK THE PARKING CHARGES ARE TOO HIGH. SOME PLACES ARE CHEAPER THAN OTHER BUT EVERY DAY IT IS GETTING WORST:(((

i think parking should be free we pay enough taxes on our cars as it is wepay tax to but on our cars and tax on our petrol or diesel iyts a disgrace that we should pay for our parking as well

We have a free car park about 500 yards from our door and by 7.30 in the morning it is packed solid .Office workers park up and wait for shuttle buses to pick them up and take them into the town centre. The problem is that most residents who are elderly or disabled have got nowhere to park their cars if they want to go shopping or to the library. Local Council say that it is Ok for Office workers to fill up our car park because it keeps their cars out of the town centre

We have a free car park about 500 yards from our door and by 7.30 in the morning it is packed solid .Office workers park up and wait for shuttle buses to pick them up and take them into the town centre. The problem is that most residents who are elderly or disabled have got nowhere to park their cars if they want to go shopping or to the library. Local Council say that it is Ok for Office workers to fill up our car park because it keeps their cars out of the town centre

Parking charges are far to high is silly now

Yes they will

Yes parking is to night 

Yes parking is to night