Parking rules confusing drivers in Yorkshire

Parking in Halifax town centre.
Parking in Halifax town centre.

Six in 10 drivers (61%) in Yorkshire & Humber think that parking rules and regulations are confusing, according to a report following research commissioned by British Parking Association (BPA) Approved Operators.

Whilst the majority of motorists never receive a parking ticket, industry experts say that around the 20% of all tickets issued by both local authorities and private operators are appealed.

Yet, nearly half (47%) think that the process for appealing is confusing.

The research highlighted that two in five (45%) motorists in Yorkshire & Humber are often unaware of their rights with regards to parking and over one in 10 (14%) do not know the difference between the rules for parking in a council or private car park.

A lack of knowledge about parking may be the reason why five per cent of motorists who have received a parking ticket admit to having done so more than once in the last 12 months.

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA, said: “This research shows that the majority of motorists understand the importance of good parking management and the vital role it plays in ensuring our towns, cities, and high streets are vibrant and appealing places.

“However, it is clear that that many motorists are often left confused by parking rules and regulations.

“Whilst drivers of course have a responsibility to check the parking restrictions in operation, we must ensure that the rules are made as clear as possible to reduce the amount of avoidable fines and charges. The Know Your Parking Rights Campaign will help motorists to do this by providing a comprehensive and trusted resource so they can better understand parking restrictions, saving them time and money.”

The research also showed the most frustrating parking habits for motorists in Yorkshire & Humber. Drivers said taking up more than one parking space was the worst habit (61%); followed by parking in a bay they are not entitled to such as a disabled space or ambulance bay (48%) and double parking (34%).

Graham Footer, Disabled Motoring UK’s Chief Executive said, “It’s vital that motorists understand the implications that inconsiderate parking can have for those with mobility and accessibility challenges. Disabled Motoring UK is pleased to support the Know Your Parking Rights campaign, allowing motorists to better understand that parking rules and regulations exist to benefit everyone.