The saying goes that ‘women can’t park’. While I’ll remain unbiased, it seems that a German mayor has had another idea.

Parking bays designated for 'male drivers only' have been introduced in a German parking complex by Mayor Gallus Strobel, of the sleepy town Triberg in the Schwarzwald.

Two bays “that could be dangerous for your car” should be attempted by men only because drivers need to back in diagonally, while avoiding a pillar. Ten, spacious and well-lit spots have also been assigned to the fairer sex.

The controversial move has sparked debate around the world, but Strobel has assured critics that "it's a marketing idea and it works”.

Now I don’t know about you, but experience and case studies have shown that Mayor Gallus Strobel might be on to something.

A study of 65 drivers carried out at Ruhr University in Germany in 2009, revealed that women took an average of 20 seconds longer than men to park an Audi A6 in a 'test parking bay'. When the car had been parked by a woman it was also not placed in the gap as accurately as when done so by a man.