Parking for parents? They need to ‘harden up’
ON the issue of the lack of disability parking spaces at shopping centres, University of the Sunshine Coast journalism lecturer Dr Jane Fynes-Clinton, writes: “Give the spaces for ‘parents with prams’ to those with disabilities and take the ones for seniors while you are at it.
“The seniors who really need a special park would qualify for the disability permit anyway and I have never understood why parents get special parks, even when I had three kids aged three years and under.
“Prams are not the unwieldy contraptions they once were and children need to learn the way of the carpark, not have the car parks moulded around them.
“The parks for parents and seniors are a courtesy, not a legal requirement.
“And on average, expansion around waists generally suggest that older people and parents of young children need to walk far more than they do, so parking with the herd and getting the legs working would seem advisable.
“Disability parks are needed for people to give them equal access to facilities and include them in the community.
“Parents and older people should step back for those who can’t step out at all.” What do you think about this? Do parents really need their own parking spaces? Here are the most liked comments from our Facebook page: Kathryn Hammond (64 likes) – “The older generation never had parent parking all those years ago and we all managed to get our babies in and out of the cars and the shopping. Get rid of them and add more disabled spots. This generation needs to harden up.”
Cassie Wïndsör (42 likes) – “I am ALL for disabled parking! It is needed and should be left for those who need it. HOWEVER, YES parents do need parking spots but likely not as close to the stores as the disabled spots. Prams are big and bulky. To avoid damaging other cars or your own, these spaces are handy as. There is always some precious sod around that will wish the death penalty on you JUST for letting your child stand in the same area as their vehicle!”
Cindy McMillan (21 likes) – “I have a disabled parking permit and when there are none left I have no hesitation to park in a pram space. If I ever get fined or called out on it I will take it all the way to the High Court. Have a nice day everyone.”
Tyler Hewett (20 likes) – “The people who complain about not having them ‘in their day’ would also be the first to complain about kids running through the car park and behind cars reversing. It’s for your benefit as much as the parents.”
the first to complain about kids running through the car park and behind cars reversing.
Pram parks are considered a courtesy for parents.