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Cars Van drivers spend 7 billion hours a year looking for parking

13:20  14 january  2020
13:20  14 january  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Drivers spent an average of 67 hours each year looking for a parking spot in the nation’s capital, costing just over £1,100 per person in This equates to an additional £209 per driver , or £6. 7 billion annually across the country. However despite the added time, a significant number of drivers are still

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The UK’s van drivers are facing a parking plight, according to new research. It’s calculated that the UK’s 3.3 million van drivers spend a massive 7 billion hours a year looking for parking spaces. Cross that with the average hourly rate of pay for a driver, and you get a cost to the economy of £76.2 billion.

Over 45 percent of van drivers said they needed over five minutes to find a parking spot for their deliveries. Sixteen percent said they needed over 20 minutes.

The largest portion of respondents to the Vanarama survey (22 percent) actually said finding parking was a one to two-minute job. Worryingly, it’s this that the overall time and money figures are based on.

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Every driver in Southern California knows parking can be a real pain, and now there's statistical proof to support that claim. A new survey by transportation analytics firm INRIX looked over parking in 8,700 cities in more than 100 countries and found on average U.S. drivers spend 17 hours per year

hours a year looking for their parked cars, according to a survey of 2,000 drivers which also found that more than one third regularly forgot where their car is parked and When it came to 25-34 year olds, 16 per cent, almost double the overall average said they had used a smartphone to find their car.

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If the average driver is delivering 50 packages a day, with each delivery taking around two minutes, then that’s an hour and 40 minutes per day spent looking for a place to park. Cross that with the 3.254 million people that use a van for their job in the UK, and you get that enormous 6.99 billion hours per-year waste figure, and the £76.2 billion loss to the economy.

Scary, given that it all comes from one to two minutes of fishing for parking per delivery.

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Van drivers don’t have a lot to work with either, it’s claimed. Vanorama took a closer look at the dimensions of the most popular vans sold in the UK. They found that they do not gel with the average UK parking space.

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According to INRIX, the average American spends 17 hours a year looking for parking . Altogether, that means Americans use 3.6 billion "The majority of drivers navigate to their destination without knowing where parking is available when they get there. When they arrive, they waste time hunting

On average, drivers in the U.S. spend 17 hours a year searching for parking , according to a recent Inrix study. This results in a cost of 5 per driver Collectively, the cost is . 7 billion annually. For the study, Inrix combined data from its parking database and a survey of about 6,000 U.S. drivers .

The average UK parking space is 4.8 metres long. The van that sticks out the least in the top six is the UK’s fifth most-popular, the Vauxhall Vivaro, at 4.892 metres long. Bad luck if you’re in a regular-sized Ford Transit, the second most-popular van in the UK, you’ll be working with 5.531 metres of length. None of the six actually fit in the average UK parking space.

If you’re in L4 variants of the Ford Transit or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, it’s even worse. They exceed the length of the average UK parking space, by between 1.9 and 2.6 metres.

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Why is this a problem? Because van drivers catch a lot of grief for their over-sized vehicles and the space they take up, when there’s nothing they can do about it. Nevermind the vocal criticism they get, van drivers could face fines of £50 for protruding from parking spaces.

Too small, and not enough of them

The UK high street is “failing” our van drives, according to Vanarama. In the analysis of Birmingham, Manchester, London and Newcastle Upon Tyne high streets, Vanorama found that less than one percent of the total area was taken up by parking. All because of how crowded and unsuitable parking is for vans in these locations.

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Drivers who get their car details wrong will be spared parking fines .
Private firms to cancel charges where motorist has given wrong registration numberThe British Parking Association (BPA) has announced details of a new code of conduct ahead of an anticipated country-wide code being introduced by the Government.

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