Should motorists be fined for using parent and child spaces?
I’m pretty sure it’s a struggle that most parents who drive have faced at some point in their lives or another.
You pull into the car park of your local supermarket, and hunt down the parent and child spaces in the hopes of finding a space close to the entrance.
You then witness a lone person leaving their car with no child in sight, yet they’ve clearly parked in a parent and child space.
Is this wrong? Does it make you angry?
I mean, parent and child spaces are great for those with children. They’re close to the entrance, plus they have more room which makes it easier to get children in and out of the car safely, along with a car seat or pushchair if needed.
Although frustrating to witness someone childless parking in these spaces, it’s not actually illegal to do so. I guess, it’s just frowned upon.
Of course, the person you witnessed could have dropped their child and partner off at the entrance whilst they go to look for a parking space. In which case, they’re well within their rights to park there. It’s for exactly this reason why I would never ‘tell off’ someone who appears to be without a child for parking in these spaces. You just never know!
However, should those who deliberately park in parent and child spaces when they have no children with them be fined?
According to the Mirror one in ten of us say they use them as they’re NOT worried about being penalised. After all, these parking spaces aren’t monitored. There’s no-one patrolling them to ensure they’re being used as intended, so why should those who use them without children in tow give it a second thought?
Well, they could now face an on the spot fine of £25. I bet that would make them think twice?
Harrison Woods, managing director at The Sun :, told
“Parent-and-child parking at supermarkets is a hot topic and often creates strong opinion, as demonstrated by our survey results which show most people want some sort of punishment for motorists who use supermarket parent-and-child parking spaces when they shouldn’t be.”
What do you think of these fines? Do you think it’s a good idea? Would it put you off parking there if you didn’t have a child with you?
I guess the same can be said for disabled parking spaces too. Should we fine motorists who use these spaces when they shouldn’t too?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!