Parking at work is inadequate, expensive and leads to fines and damage, survey finds.

September 12, 2014

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 Chaucer Direct.

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% respectively.

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.