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12 Million Car Drivers Admit Parking Where They Shouldn't Have In Last 12 Months

15 August 2016 / by Rob Murray
  • Nearly 12 million drivers admit to parking where they shouldn’t in the last 12 months
  • In the last year fines worth over £80 million have been handed out as a result
  • More than two million drivers admit to parking in disabled bays and mother and baby spaces
  • The public  believe people who park in prohibited spaces should receive points on their licence 

New research1 from Churchill Car Insurance reveals that nearly 12 million (31 per cent) drivers have parked in spaces where they are not eligible to park, in the last 12 months. The most common prohibited places people park are on double yellow (eight per cent) and single yellow lines (seven per cent).
 
A staggering £80 million worth of fines have been handed out to 1.8 million drivers who have parked in a prohibited spot in the last 12 months alone (15 per cent)2. The average value of a fine for parking in the wrong place is £45.
 
More than two million drivers (six per cent) admit to parking in disabled bays and when asked why, nearly a third (30 per cent) said ‘it was only for a short time so I didn’t think it would matter’.
 
Another two million drivers (five per cent) have parked in dedicated mother and baby spaces with the main reason being ‘it was the only available space to park’. Some drivers, however, admit parking in both disabled bays (12 per cent) and mother and baby spaces (11 per cent) simply because it was the most convenient place for them.
 
Table one: Top ten places people park where they shouldn’t

Rank

Unpermitted place to park

Percentage

1

Double yellow lines

8%

2

Single yellow line when not permitted

7%

3

Disabled parking bay

6%

4

Loading bay/area when not permitted

5%

5

Allocated residential parking space

5%

6

Dedicated mother and baby space

5%

7

Business space (allocated for firm not visiting or working for)

4%

8

Permit holders only parking space

4%

9

Doctors’ surgery car park

3%

10

School zone

2%

 

Source: Churchill Car Insurance 2016
 
When asked why they parked in the wrong place, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) said ‘it was only for a short time so I didn’t think it would matter’, while a fifth (21 per cent) claimed it was the only available space to park in.
 
Table two: Reasons given for parking in unpermitted places

Rank

Reason given

Percentage

1

It was only for a short time so I didn’t think it would matter

23%

2

It was the only available space to park

21%

3

I was in a rush

13%

4

It was most convenient

10%

5

I didn’t realise I had parked in the wrong place

9%

6

There were plenty of other spaces available so I didn’t think it would matter

8%

7

I think I should be able to park where I like

8%

 

Source: Churchill Car Insurance 2016
 
Unsurprisingly, drivers who park where they are not meant to spark a strong reaction from other people. Nearly one in ten drivers parking in unpermitted places (eight per cent) have returned to find their car damaged or have entered into a verbal altercation with another driver or pedestrian.
 
Steve Barrett, head of car insurance at Churchill commented: “Bays dedicated to disabled drivers or parents with children are there to make life easier for those who may struggle with accessibility and parking in these bays when not eligible is extremely selfish. It may seem worth the risk to chance parking in a restricted area but with fines averaging £45, that five minute rush into a shop for a newspaper could end up being very costly. More importantly, we encourage motorists to be considerate to each other.”
 
The majority of UK adults (79 per cent) believe those parking in unpermitted places should receive points on their licence. Parking in emergency vehicle parking spaces (59 per cent) and disabled parking bays (52 per cent) are the top two restricted places which people believe should result in penalty points.

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