Parking problems on our streets worsen, says RAC Foundation as cars grow too big for garages
Residential streets are becoming parking lots for vehicles, which often cannot fit into garages and only run for an hour a day, suggests a new study.
While cars have grown larger, the size of home garages has not increased, according to the RAC Foundation, leaving many motorists struggling to properly park their cars at home.
According to the group, which is dedicated to transport policy and research, despite distinct changes in vehicle length and width over the decades, the dimensions of domestic garages, especially in new housing estates, have not not modified to reflect the change.
The Standing Still report states that many garage doors are only 2.1m wide, which leaves only six inches of free space on either side of a popular average car, and in turn little room for that the driver or passengers can get out comfortably once inside. .
In addition to the increasingly larger cars, believed to be driven by the popularity of SUVs and the addition of more technology and safety features to the interior, there are more than four times as many cars on the market. the road than 50 years ago, which is fueling the demands for space.
In 1965 there were only 7.7 million cars on UK roads, in 1995 that figure rose to 21.4 million, but today stands at around 31.7 million, which adds to the current pressure on street parking.
Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, added, “Not only do cars get bigger; they are also more numerous. This puts enormous pressure on roadside space and is why many of us find parking spaces in parking lots don’t seem big enough.
“Primarily domestic garages are also often unsuitable for their intended use – the planning system must recognize that the design of garages must catch up with the design of vehicles, or throw in the towel and recognize that they are, in the process. practical, garden sheds waiting to be converted to provide additional accommodation, which means rethinking where the family car is going to be parked.
Combined with this, the researchers who produced the report found that an average car or van in England only drives an average of one hour per day.
While the data argues for the potential for more electric charging points for vehicles and a shift to more environmentally friendly cars, researchers say, this inactivity is adding to the demand for available parking. in residential streets.
Transport for New Homes advocates for new housing that promotes walking, cycling and public transportation and avoids car addiction. Jenny Raggett of the organization says the suggestion that cars sit idle for 23 hours a day should raise big questions about future transportation plans.
She explained: “The fact that cars are only used 4% of the time raises important questions about the housing we are building today, such as why modern public transport – running at high frequency even in new housing estates – does not. are not a priority in planning policy and infrastructure investments.
“High-quality public transport – combined with car clubs in new developments – could reduce the need for parking space and allow more green spaces, space for walking and cycling, places to go. to sit down and so that the children can play. “