STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) – When you drive to Target, Walmart, or even a city parking lot, have you ever wondered how drivers think they can park in a compact parking spot?
The vehicle may not be suitable, but as OMCC’s Don Logana found out, these people may know something we didn’t know. These parking spaces may simply be obsolete.
It turns out that the auto industry, and even the parking industry, is pretty vague on what defines a compact car.
“A Prius is more of a compact car than a Chevrolet Avalanche,” said Kristi Bryant, GSU parking manager.
But, how do you define it?
One thing is for sure: knocks, dents and scratches are going to happen. This is one of the reasons why Georgia Southern University’s director of parking services, Kristi Bryant, says her office struggles with parking regulations. Cars are constantly changing and getting bigger and bigger, and a typical 90-degree compact car space is eight feet wide and 15 feet long. Some are as small as seven to seven and a half feet wide.
“Here at Georgia Southern, we are committed to making spaces at least 8.5 feet wide and new construction nine feet wide,” said Bryant.
Here’s what you probably don’t know. Bryant says parking codes, including compact parking, only apply to public parking. Private parking is not regulated, so older, obsolete spaces will likely remain so, unless there is new construction.
“Most now include compact parking spaces. Most include hybrid spaces as well as a strong push for electric vehicles,” said Bryant.
Georgia Southern spends a pretty penny creating bigger, compact parking spots, and parking spots in general, which is why private companies don’t do stripping or renovations.
“It’s extremely expensive. You’re probably looking at $ 1 million and $ 2 million to completely revamp everything,” Bryant said.
The City of Savannah says it is not aware of any changes in parking regulations and is not making any changes. Bryant says Georgia Southern is private and they are doing it for the welfare of their students and teachers when it comes to parking.
“The level of frustration and the level of security will be increased, and that is what it is,” she said. “Make everyone’s experience more comfortable.
And, if you’re wondering why, an obviously “non” compact car isn’t towed to a local store. This is probably because it is private property and it is up to the store to have the car towed. The City of Savannah will fine vehicles that are in a compact parking space.
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