The author considers that the interaction of car parking, transport policy and land use planning is often very complex particularly in urban areas, and suggests that reliable predictions of car parking demand or the consequences of a restrictive parking policy on travel habits and land use cannot be made. This paper examines car parking in the context of transport policy, taking into account the wider implications of land use planning. Social, political and economic objectives are discussed, and examples are quoted to illustrate how each urban area has its own peculiar opportunities and limitations. As a result, it is considered that there is no single remedy for solving transport problems and that consequently parking will play a different role in each unique situation. The part played by the motoring organizations in seeking to influence those decisions affecting the motor vehicle is discussed, and a section of the paper is devoted to the ramifications of implementing a car parking policy. Local democracy is considered to be extremely sensitive and responsive to public opinion and changing situations, and that provided the excesses in restraint or over-provision of car parking are avoided there seems every prospect that the present process of making the best use of the facilities currently available can be pursued without undue apprehension. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Municipal Engineers

    25 Eccleston Square
    London SW1 V1NX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Sharpe, D E
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Accession Number: 00174062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM