Disabled bay rules ignored by drivers
NORTH MOTORISTS WORST IN UK FOR TAKING SPACES
LOOK away now if you’re a disabled driver in the North East.
A survey has revealed motorists in this region are the most likely in the UK to park in a disabled space – if they thought they could get away with it.
Of those asked, 16.7% admitted they’d do it, beating Northern Ireland (15.7%) and motorists in the South West (12.7%) into second and third place respectively.
The research was carried out by car leasing company Cars On Demand, which conducted a survey of 3,000 drivers.
It also set out to discover how drivers react to parking tickets and traffic wardens, with a staggering 12 tickets issued every minute between October and December 2017.
And it seems the North East drivers are among the most likely to challenge a parking ticket.
A huge 33% said they’d take on the authorities – the third highest figure for the UK which had an average of 25.8%.
And it seems men are more likely to put up a fight – or, perhaps more believe they are in the right – as 28.6% of men would contest a parking fine, compared to 23% of women.
The Scots are the least likely to challenge a fine, with only 18.9% trying to get out of paying. This was closely followed by those in the South West (20%), then those in the West Midlands (22.4%).
Given that so many drivers would contest a parking fine, it’s not surprising that the study revealed that 12% of Brits have actually argued with the traffic warden issuing a parking fine.
Again, it is men who are more likely to put up the fight, with 17% admitting they’ve argued with the warden, compared to just 7% of women.
However, while it seems parking wardens in the East Midlands are the most likely in the UK to get a hard time, with 19.2% of motorists there saying they wouldn’t just take the ticket quietly, in the North East the figure was among the lowest at 6.6%.
Cars On Demand also found 68.8% of us think parking fines are just a money-making scheme from the local council, rather than a way of deterring people from breaking the rules.
In addition to this, 46.7% of Brits state that they would struggle to pay a parking fine – which is probably another reason why so many people try to wiggle their way out of it.
Many drivers in our region don’t think twice about parking in disabled bays illegally