Number of cars and parking spaces in the UK plus payment method statistics and costs

Cars and parking

  • There are 38.6 million vehicles (32.6 million cars) on the UK’s roads (end 2020).
  • 6 out of 10 motorists say drivers that take more than one space is one of the most frustrating things about parking.
  • The average motorists spends nearly 4 days every year looking for a parking space (91 hours).
  • 17% of motorists use an app to find somewhere to park.


Payments (pre-pandemic)

  • 75% of motorists prefer to use cash and pay and display machines to pay for parking
  • 23% are happy to use a credit or debit card to pay for parking
  • 28% of motorists distrust new payment technology
  • 13% say they find apps and websites too confusing
  • 12% worry that parking will cost more than necessary if they used a less traditional method




Car parks and on-street spaces

  • There are an estimated 17,000 – 20,000 car parks in the UK
  • There are an estimated 8 million-11 million on street parking spaces in the UK
  • 1 in 4 car parks have Park Mark, Safer Parking Scheme Award


Time spent looking for a space

  • The majority of people find a parking space within five minutes, regardless of the venue or area  
  • Over a third of people spend longer than ten minutes finding a parking space in local high streets



  • Motorist satisfaction is highest with barrier-free ANPR managed car parks