New research reveals when parking spaces will become too small for cars in the UK
Cars in the UK are set to become too big for the average parking space in just over a decade, according to new research.
According to a study from Vanarama, cars in the UK are only 11 years and three months away (May 2034) from their cars being too big to park in the average car parking space.
Only four countries (South Korea, the USA, Vietnam and Ethiopia) will outgrow their spaces before the UK.
Therefore, it will be May 2034 when this will occur if car sizes continue to slowly increase.
Top 10 countries that will outgrow their parking spaces the fastest
1. South Korea - One year, six months (Average parking space size: 5.3 x2.5m)
2. USA - One year, nine months (5.5 x 2.6m)
3. Vietnam - Three years, six months (5.3 x 2.5m)
4. Ethiopia - 11 years (5.3 x 2.5m)
5. United Kingdom - 11 years, three months (5 x 2.8m)
6. Turkey - 15 years, 4 months (5.3 x 2.5m)
7. Argentina - 15 years, nine months (5.3 x 2.5m)
8. India - 20 years, three months (5m x 2.5m)
9. Poland - 29 years, five months (5.3 x 2.5m)
10. Phillippines - 34 years, 10 months (5 x 2.5m)
Alongside this, Vanarama looked into how many extra miles of car park tarmac are required to maintain the same number of parking bays.
The UK was in third place on this list as it will need an additional 33 miles of car park tarmac for every 100,000 bays by 2030.
Applied to the estimated 11.3 million bays, that’s a total of 3,729 miles of extra parking needed – just to maintain the UK’s current number of spaces.
If you were to line all of that tarmac up, it would run from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back twice.