I’m be­ing driven park­ing mad!

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I read with in­ter­est your story on De­cem­ber 17, with re­gards to the mum who was an­gered by the mis­use of par­ent and child park­ing spa­ces.

There’s been quite a few sto­ries in the Re­former over the last year or so about park­ing is­sues, par­tic­u­larly in and around lo­cal schools, with pupils of­ten tak­ing to the streets out­side their schools to make a point to in­con­sid­er­ate mo­torists.

The in­con­sid­er­ate parker is be­com­ing a huge prob­lem. As you re­ported, tech­ni­cally, they’re not ac­tu­ally do­ing any­thing wrong, as it’s only a vol­un­tary rule they’re break­ing by park­ing in par­ent and child spa­ces, but my good­ness, it makes my blood boil.

I don’t know of it’s just me, but th­ese days, you see more and more peo­ple, es­pe­cially at the su­per­mar­kets, who stop in the par­ent and child spa­ces with­out hav­ing a child with them.

It’s a real frus­tra­tion for me - I’ve got a young tod­dler and when you have to park fur­ther away, it’s not the best sit­u­a­tion.

It’s also quite frus­trat­ing when the kids are smaller - I had to carry my lit­tle girl in her car seat from one end of the car park at Mor­ri­son’s in Cam­bus­lang to the store, be­cause I couldn’t get a proper par­ent and child space. What made it worse was that, as I strug­gled along, I saw a woman, dressed in a business suit, com­ing out of the store, and into her car in the par­ent and child zone - with no sign of a wee one.

It’s the same wher­ever I go - Asda in To­ry­glen is just as bad.

I’ve tried to speak to shop staff about the prob­lem, but I’ve only been told that be­cause the spa­ces are for guid­ance only, and pro­vided as a cour­tesy, there’s no le­gal rea­son to ask peo­ple to move on, un­for­tu­nately.

So, if you’re one of those in­con­sid­er­ate park­ers, please take a mo­ment to think about why th­ese spa­ces are pro­vided - they’re not there to give you quicker ac­cess to the store when you’re in a rush to get your sushi. They’re marked for par­ents and

An­gered This car parked in a par­ent and child space de­spite not hav­ing an in­fant Anne Edgar (64), Burn­side.

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