More than half of Spanish drivers pay more in ORA regulated parking areas for fear of being fined, with an average of around 12 euros per month, with Asturians paying the most, 17.72 euros per month, and La Rioja the least, 6.41 euros. In addition, almost 9 out of 10 respondents believe that flat rates should be established in the so-called "blue zones".
All the data belong to the Parking Habits Report in Spain carried out by Instituto Sondea for EasyPark in April 2019. It contains the responses of 1,500 drivers between 18 and 65 years old living in Spain.
More than half of the respondents (57.24%) claim to pay less than 10 euros per month, while 42.76% pay more than 10 euros. Within this group, stands out 5.84% who pay 40 euros or more per month.
87% of drivers claim to park in areas designated for regulated parking, 17% on a regular basis and 70% occasionally. The profile of the driver who uses the blue areas the most is a man from 18 to 24 years old and a high social class who lives in a city of more than 200,000 inhabitants of the north or center of the country. He has higher education, works and enjoys income at home over 3,000 euros per month.
Of the drivers who use the regulated parking lot and who pay for it in cash, 63.8% prefer to pay too much to risk receiving a fine. Of this group, 29.79% pay less than 1 extra euro, while 21.53% pay between 1 and 2 euros, 7.73% between 2 and 3 euros, 2.81% between 4 and 5 euros and 1.93% more than 5 euros. "This is one of the problems of using cash that is quickly solved thanks to technology", explains Víctor Valencia, marketing coordinator of EasyPark. "The use of mobile applications to pay for the parking ticket allows users to pay only for the exact time they consume, thus eliminating those extra payments that cause the parking amount to increase considerably."
Half of the drivers consider that the price of regulated parking spaces should vary depending on the area in which they are located (50.3%) and the time of day. To a lesser extent, they argue that it should vary according to occupation (39.50%) or car size (35.75%). On the other hand, almost 9 out of 10 drivers believe that there should be flat rates to pay for these car parks.
Regarding the variations in rates for more or less polluting vehicles, more than half of the respondents believe that it is fair that less polluting cars pay less in regulated places (57,67%) and almost half (48, 32%) that cars or emissions do not pay when parking. On the other hand, 46.28% think it is fair that the cars that pollute the most pay more.
"The regulated parking areas each time occupy a larger area of our cities and it is important that administrations and operators know the opinion that users have of them to adapt them to their needs and develop functionalities that make parking easier," he explains. Víctor Valencia. "That is the objective of this report, to know and respond to the demands of drivers so that both their travel and the mobility of their cities are more agile and satisfactory." . (tagsToTranslate) payment (t) regulated (t) tariffs