Motorists save £3.75million by ditching hefty car parks for rented driveways
British motorists saved close to £4million in parking fees last year by steering clear of regular car parks, a new study has found.
The research found drivers saved the huge sum by choosing privately rented driveways rather than parking lots.
The study, conducted by YourParkingSpace.co.uk, analysed the price difference with the 25,000 driveways and empty spaces registered on the site compared to daily fees for drivers who park their car in traditional car parks.
They found drivers across the country saved a collective £3.75million by choosing to pre-pay for private parking hire via their website, rather than using parking facilitates that charge a rate on the day.
Drivers are increasingly seeking alternatives to traditional parking spaces as local councils continue to raise parking fees in an attempt to recover funding lost due to budget cuts.
A recent poll revealed that many as 95 per cent of local councils admitted they would likely raise bills for residents this April, across a range of sectors including parking.
In August last year, we revealed that local councils raked in a whopping £1.5billion from British drivers in parking fees and fines over a 12-month period.
Parking fees and permits for both on and off-street bays accounted for more than two-thirds of that figure – making it no surprise that drivers are seeking alternative parking solutions.
Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “More-and-more motorists are saving significant amounts on parking charges by choosing driveways and empty spaces, which includes parking at hotels, off-street spaces and secure garages.
“It’s fantastic that countless motorists are saving money by booking a driveway to park on, whether it’s just for a few hours or a number of days.
“As well as being cheaper, pre-booking a parking space also takes the stress out of looking for somewhere to leave the car if left to the last-minute.”