A growing number of new cars are getting too big for British parking spaces, leading to an increase in parking-related accidents.
According to data released by accident aftercare specialist Accident Exchange, car parking prangs have cost British motorists £1.4 billion in the past 12 months, representing 30.85% of claims recorded by the company.
This is an increase of nearly 8% on the same period from the year before, leading to suggestions that the growth in car sizes and slow response of car parks to cater for them is to blame.
However, Britain's biggest car parking operator National Car Parks (NCP) has now said that it is increasing the size of spaces in several major cities, including Manchester, Bournemouth and London. An NCP spokesperson told The Times "We are moving towards making the bays wider as we recognise that vehicles are growing in size, especially SUVs. Going forward, it is our intention to provide bigger parking bays wherever possible to do so."