Town centre parking rules are too confusing

27 June 2014

Bitterwallet - appeal parking tickets A third of drivers don’t bother bringing their cars into town centres because parking restrictions are impossible to understand, a study by Churchill car insurance has revealed.

41% said that town centre parking signs were confusing, and the survey also found that 22% of drivers had been clamped or towed when parking in town, because they didn’t understand the parking rules.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter think that parking is badly signposted and some people are even wary about parking outside their own houses because they’re not clear about whether they’re allowed to park there.

Steve Barratt of Churchill said: ‘It’s the driver’s responsibility to check which parking restrictions are in operation in a particular area. However, when there are multiple restrictions in operation on a single street, it can result in motorists being confused and unintentionally parking illegally, incurring fines that could have been avoided.’

Could this be one of the reasons why the high street is dying on its arse? (Footfall fell by 0.9% last year). Well, it can’t be helping. After all, it’s easier to buy something online rather than paying an extra £60 to get your car out of the pound.

3 comments

  • Sawyer
    "22% of drivers had been clamped or towed when parking in town, because they didn’t understand the parking rules." Surprising, because it's far more than 22% that don't understand the rules of double yellow lines.
  • Alexis
    And then you have the private parking parasites: http://parking-prankster.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/met-parking-operate-customer-not-here.html?m=1
  • ed
    Perhaps we should introduce an IQ test as part of the driving test. It is frightening that there must be millions of drivers who are too dim to understand parking rules. How do they cope with understanding road signs or speed limits? We don't allow children to drive. Maybe we should ban intellectually challenged adults too.

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