Bizarre act drivers resort to in bid to avoid $4.20 car park charge

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While Aussies are often left frustrated when in search for elusive parking spaces, spare a thought for those in heavily-populated Bangkok.

One major car park in the Thai city becomes so packed drivers resort to pushing other vehicles out of the way so they can leave.

The free area is the most popular spot for drivers to leave their vehicles in the industrial Chatuchak district.

An aerial view of the packed Bangkok car park where people have to push other vehicles out of the way to fit into a spot.
The car park is regularly full to the brim. Source: Viral Press/Australscope

With drivers keen to avoid charges, they pile into the car park causing chaos with the limited number of spots available.

Motorists leave their hand brakes off so other users can push their cars away when they want to make space to squeeze into a slot or leave.

Footage shows how the chock-a-block car park resembles a giant game of Tetris with vehicles being moved around to fit into the spaces.

Commuters have even started fitting homemade foam padding to their cars to avoid scrapes and scratches due to the tight space between vehicles.

A woman manoeuvres a car to fit her own vehicle into a spot at the Bangkok car park.
Motorists are often forced to push cars out of the way. Source: Viral Press/Australscope

Driver Joe Zhang who sometimes uses the free car park said he saved "a lot of money" by using it.

"Sometimes I'll arrive early to get a spot here but if it's already too full, I'll go somewhere else and pay. I'm not one of the crazy people that gets their car in. If I scratch my car it'll cost a lot to fix that, so it's not worth it," he said.

Alternative car parks in the district, which is home to a large number of factories and offices, cost about 100 baht (A$4.20) for the whole day.

Viral Press/Australscope

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