I’m being driven parking mad!
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.