Dis­abled bay rules ig­nored by driv­ers


The Chronicle - - News - By MIKE KELLY Re­porter mike.kelly@ncj­me­dia.co.uk @MikeJKelly1962

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

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