Parking spaces shrink as cars get longer
by Gill Montia
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The average amount of space for parking in England’s residential areas has shrunk by 9% over the past decade, LV= research reveals.
Typically, since 2001, motorists have seen the space available for parking near home decrease by nearly a metre from 9.84 metres per car to 8.97 metres in 2011.
Meanwhile LV= estimates that the number of cars on the road grew by 15% during the decade, with space for residential parking failing to keep pace and cars typically becoming longer.
An analysis of 600 of the most popular UK models shows today’s new car stretching 4.3 metres on average, having put on 15 centimetres since 2001.
Unsurprisingly, London motorists are the most squeezed for parking – Westminster has the smallest amount of parking space at just 4.33 metres per car, average residential parking space in the borough having shrunk by 21% since 2001.
Outside the Capital, Harlow, Broxbourne, Slough, Watford and Stevenage have the least amount of resident parking space per vehicle.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, comments: “Motorists are becoming increasingly squeezed when it comes to parking and in some areas the average space available is only a few centimetres longer than the average car.”