The great car park squeeze
Soaring parking charges, few small spaces and the loss of free parking cause growing problems
August 24, 2014
The RAC’s Report on Motoring 2014 paints a picture of a parking battleground on the nation’s streets, with fewer parking spaces and increasing parking charges as local authorities look to raise extra revenue to fill gaps in their budgets. Without action, the RAC is warning the squeeze will intensify in the years to come. Eighty per cent of the 1,526 motorists surveyed reported increasing parking charges in towns and cities. Two thirds of these drivers (67%) believe there is now less parking close to their town or city centre . 65% of motorists reported that even when they finally find a space to park, it’s too small for today’s breed of cars.