A RAC survey of 1,217 drivers has found that 64 per cent of those questioned disliked having to pay to park in hospitals in England more than any other charge.
Following closely in the poll were supermarket, shopping centres and private car park charges – with 12 per cent admitting that these charges were their least favourites.
Understandably, half of those asked wanted hospital parking charges completely scrapped. This move has already been made in both Wales and Scotland.
Simon Williams, RAC spokesman, said: “While we would like to see parking charges at hospitals in England scrapped, this might be an unrealistic hope, particularly as many hospitals appear to be using the additional income to support patient care.
“Surely charges should only be made to cover the maintenance and operation costs of car parks, and not as a way to generate extra revenue.
“Making hospital parking in England free would mean funds for operating and maintaining car parks would need to be found from other areas of hospital budgets which could potentially have unwelcome consequences for healthcare delivery.”
A Freedom of Information study undertaken recently found that some NHS hospital trusts are making more than £3 million from car parking charges. Although car parks are still generating a huge amount of income for some hospitals, many trusts are raising more amounts of money from its staff, patients and visitors’ year on year.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.