YOUR SAY ON PARENT PARKS
Car parks a courtesy for families
KATHY Craig may not have young children any more but she can still remember the nightmare of taking small children to the shops.
She is one of may who took to the South Burnett Times Facebook page to tell of the need for pram parks to be reserved for parents.
Kingaroy Shoppingworld has received complaints from parents unable to use the pram parking spots because someone without a child or pram has been parked there.
The centre has four parks for parents – two at the front entrance outside Woolworths and two next to to the travelator in the underground carpark.
Pram or parent parks are usually wider than regular parks and closer to the entrance of shops to reduce the distance young children must travel in a high traffic area.
Legally, there is nothing to prevent a person without a pram or infant from parking in a pram spot.
Kingaroy Shoppingworld centre manager Karen Dennis said the parks were a courtesy provided to parents by the centre and was not enforceable by law, unlike disabled parks.
“So it’s tricky because it’s a civic duty for people to do the right thing.
“They ( parking spots) are they to make it easier for people who have small children,” Mrs Dennis said.
She said she did not normally get complaints about drivers without a stroller or children using the parks but it did happen.
“It’s very hard to police and we can only put a letter on their car to explain they should park somewhere else,” she said.
However, drivers can be fined for parking in a disabled spot.
PRAMS ONLY: Pram parks are a courtesy for parents.