You’ll be aware of the recent announcement that parking enforcers must allow a ten minute ‘period of grace’ before imposing parking charges.
Sounds good? Maybe.
Here’s a wet-finger calculation. Obviously approximate, but still food for thought.
Let’s assume that, where the permitted parking time is 30 minutes, drivers currently return to their cars after 25 minutes, to ensure a 5 minute ‘safety margin’. Also, in future, they take advantage of the ‘extra’ ten minutes, and return to their cars after 35 minutes. This means that each parking space will be occupied for 35 minutes rather than 25 minutes, thus reducing the overall parking capacity. Our calculator tells us that this amounts to a 30% effective reduction in space.
OK, the calculation is only indicative. But it suggest that trying to find a parking space in Camberley High Street on a Saturday afternoon will become an even more pointless exercise. Why not close the road and avoid frustration to drivers and pedestrians altogether?? It would be so easy to do.