Super-sized cars no longer fit in UK parking bays | CAR Magazine

Super-sized cars no longer fit in UK parking bays

Published: 21 November 2016 Updated: 21 November 2016

 Parking bays not big enough
 Modern cars no longer fit
 Prangs in car parks jump 35%

Here’s a news story we suspect will chime with Britain’s beleaguered motorists: modern cars are too big for parking spaces.

We all know that super-sizing has seen many familiar name-plates bloat into something much bigger. The Mk1 VW Golf, for instance, was smaller than today’s Polo.

And the footprint of a Vauxhall Corsa has leapt by 16% in the past 15 years. Check out our video at the foot of the page where our sister website squeeze a Corsa into a modern parking space – and compare it with a 1982 Peugeot supermini.

New research published today reveals that UK insurers are paying out nearly £1.4 billion to repair parking prangs – purportedly caused by spaces that haven’t kept up with the size of modern vehicles.

How big is a British parking bay?

The average space is 4.8m long and 2.4m wide, according to government guidelines.

Accident repair specialist Accident Exchange reports a 35% jump in parking accidents and blames the fact that 87% of councils use the outdated official measurements. No wonder we have to breathe in when we park…

So my giant SUV won’t fit?

Exactly. Accident Exchange lists a host of vehicles that won’t fit in an officially sized bay.

Surprise, surprise, they’re all SUVs:

* All data provided by Accident Exchange

Do you think parking spaces should be resized? Tell us how you’d fix the Great British Parking Squeeze in the comments below

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words