Original article bThe Sun
British drivers are spending a combined £23 billion each year on searching for a car parking space, a recent study has claimed.
Research has found that motorists spend an average 44 hours every year looking for that elusive spot, equating to £733 per person in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
Conducted by INRIX, the study sourced data from over 7,000 motorists in 10 major UK cities to find out the economic burden of “parking pain” – the fallout from over crowded parking areas.
Not surprisingly, London proved the biggest issue for parking in the country.
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 wasted time, fuel and emissions.
In comparison, in the lowest ranked city, Southampton, drivers spent an average 35 hours each year searching for a parking space, at a cost of just £588 per person.
The study also looked at the amount drivers spend annually by overpaying for parking, and incurring fines for overstaying their welcome in timed parking zones.
In an attempt to avoid a penalty charge, drivers add-on an average of 45 hours of extra time each year to their parking session, most of which ends up being time they do not use.