Designing car parking space for new property developments in metropolitan and regional areas is a challenge for any local authority, and in an age where environmental issues are increasingly important, there is pressure for car parking land to be multipurposed, says Dominic Da Cruz, managing director of Perdaman Advanced Energy.
In Australia, there are almost 19 million vehicles on the roads, which is an 8 percent increase in the last four years. In fact, it’s rare these days to find a single-car household in Australia, with many households having two or more vehicles.
“However, most cars remain inactive for 95 percent of the time,” says Da Cruz.
“Off-street parking began in 1930 with the rise in motoring, but back then, we could never have envisaged what we see today,” he says.
“In America for example, figures suggest that there are a staggering 500 million surface parking lots which take up a third of the available land area,” he says.
“Here in Australia, local authorities now demand a certain amount of available parking for any new residential or commercial development.”
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