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Belfast drivers' 60 hours a year spent hunting for a space

Belfast's beleaguered drivers spend nearly 60 hours a year searching for a parking space - making it the second worst city in the UK, according to new research.

And the cost of this is estimated at nearly £1,000 in wasted time, fuel and emissions.

Across the UK, drivers spend an average of 44 hours a year searching for their spaces, the study by traffic information supplier Inrix found.

The cost to the typical British motorist £733.

Businesses and high streets bear the brunt of parking pain as 40% of drivers say they avoid driving to shops due to problems finding a space.

London was ranked as the worst UK city for parking, with motorists spending an average of 67 hours a year searching for a spot, costing them £1,104.

This was followed by Belfast (56 hours and £928), Leeds (47 hours and £772) and Bristol (46 hours and £768).

It means Belfast drivers spend 12 hours and £195 more than the average British driver just hunting for parking spaces.

Last year nearly 35,000 parking fines were handed out in Belfast, while there were almost 85,000 across Northern Ireland.

Each parking ticket costs car owners £90 - or £45 if it is paid within 14 days.

Belfast is the UK's worst city for traffic congestion, with jams adding up to 200 hours of extra travel time per year.

Inrix calculated the annual cost of the time that was spent searching for a space, overpaying for parking time and parking tickets is more than £30bn in the UK. The study found that while 71% of drivers say there is not enough parking available, occupancy of spaces can be as low as 50%.

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