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Bad parking loses a fifth of spaces.

UP TO 17% of parking spaces on UK streets could be freed up if drivers stopped parking badly, it has been estimated.

Park assist technology, where the vehicle automatically steers itself into a space, could improve parking capacity on the UK's most congested roads by 17% and free up thousands of spaces, according to analysis by Direct Line Car Insurance.

Experts reviewed 120 roads where kerbside parking bays were 'full'.

They calculated how much additional space would be created if every car had used the technology, which parks vehicles equidistant from each other.

Motorists may complain of struggling to find a space but an issue may be other drivers who have parked badly. Of 2,003 adults questioned in May 2017, 38% said they had deliberately left space around their car to stop another vehicle parking next to it, 31% had picked a parking spot because of the quality of the cars either side, while 13% had parked over two spaces to save a space for someone else and 11% said they had put bins in the road to save space.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 2, 2017
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