Parking at work is inadequate, expensive and leads to fines and damage, survey finds.
Two thirds of British workers have claimed that the parking situation they
face at work is too costly and insufficient, according to a survey by
Workers from across the UK have claimed that the parking supplied by the
companies they work for is so inadequate that it has caused them to receive
fines, and even damage to their vehicles. 16% of those surveyed had also
experienced problems with local residents, whilst one in ten had experienced
problems with other colleagues.
24% of all workers surveyed felt they were forced to park away from work to
avoid these problems.
The research highlights the need for companies to improve the parking they
offer their employees. Paul Baxter, from Chaucer commented on the subject:
“Parking is an important part of employee benefits which helps to make
getting to and from work easier. The survey clearly shows the strength of
feeling employees have when they experience parking problems at work.
However, employers do face issues with limits on the number of parking
spaces in offices imposed by planning authorities and taxes on parking
spaces in some areas. Employers need to be creative to solve these issues
through staggered working hours, car share schemes and by providing
convenient transport from offices to train stations.”
Despite the national consensus, results of the survey show that certain
areas of the country fared better than others: the West Midlands came out
worst, with 72% of those surveyed saying that their company parking was
inadequate. This was echoed in Wales and Yorkshire, with 71% and 70%
Conversely, only 57% of respondents from the East Midlands felt that this
was the case, making it the happiest corresponding region for office
workers. Joining at the lower end of the spectrum was Northern Ireland and
Scotland, at 61% and 62% respectively.