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Poor parking causing rifts between neighbours

Wednesday 15 March 2017, By Autovolo

Poor parking causing rifts between neighbours

Poor parking causing rifts between neighbours

Neighbours are at arms with one another, new research has revealed, and the reason is poor parking.

A survey queried more than 2,000 drivers and found many to describe their fellow motorists’ parking as ‘poor’, with others admitting to deliberately parking badly to give them a ‘taste of their own medicine’.

Some drivers even admitted deliberately parking up against their neighbours’ bumper to make it difficult for them to leave their space.

Andrew Pester, interim chief executive of the British Parking Association (BPA), recently said: “Drivers, of course, also have a responsibility to ensure they are parking so as not to cause inconvenience to others!”

An issue raised by 41 per cent of respondents in the survey, conducted by the RAC, was that their neighbours would often park on the street despite having their own drives.

The survey revealed that 14 per cent of drivers consider their neighbours’ parking to be ‘poor’ – with four per cent of these calling their driving “appalling”.

Simon Williams, RAC insurance spokesman, said: “Parking is a very sensitive issue, particularly when it’s outside your own home as it brings out the ‘Nimby’ in everyone.

“The moment someone parks selfishly people’s hackles are going to be raised, whether that’s parking in the street when they have the space to be able to park on their own drive or parking so close that it makes it almost impossible to get out.”