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Parking bays widened for bigger cars, says NCP

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November 21  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Chris Smith

National Car Parks (NCP) has said car parking spaces are being made bigger to accommodate the increase in size of family cars and the popularity of 4×4’s

Bays have already been widened in London, Manchester and Bournemouth and they have been quoted to say it plans to widen spaces “wherever possible”

In a report by the BBC the firm told The Times “We are moving towards making the bays wider as we recognise that vehicles are growing in size, especially SUVs.”

It is estimated that there had been a 35% rise in parking accidents since 2014, and the number of crashes and scratches while parking was costing UK insurers £1.4bn annually.

Around 30% of motor accidents are now due to parking and upwards of 600,000 parking collisions are registered each year.

NCP said there was an “extremely fine balance” between the demand for wider spaces and the need for the most number of parking spots as possible.

Due to the age of many car parks designed for vehicles from the 60’s and 70’s, the new larger family cars, SUV’s and 4×4’s are struggling to fit.