I wasn’t at all surprised to read in a survey by car leasing firm OSV that parking causes 76% of rifts with neighbours in the UK.
Of a survey of 1005 people:
I’ve had a few rifts with neighbours who’ve regularly blocked my drive, or taken the big space rather than an available small one for their supermini when they knew I had a 1941 Chevrolet.
When I worked for a housing association, the neighbourhood officers reported that parking arguments were one of the main causes of anti-social behaviour. If someone drives home from work, steaming after a bad day, their stress level multiplies many times if they can’t park.
I’ve even known a few people move because this happened regularly, and off-street parking now makes a house more attractive to buyers.
Of course the situation is getting worse as every member of a family old enough to drive will want their own car. And what will happen when everyone needs not only a parking space, but access to their electric vehicle charging point?
OSV is suggesting that councils invest in neighbourhood parking schemes. Personally, I believe that lack of parking spaces will become a another good reason simply not to own or even lease a car. I can easily see a future where we just go online and order an autonomous car to pitch up when we need one. And, much as I love driving, there are days when I wish I could do that now.
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