Earlier this week a mum-of-3 started an online petition, calling for all parents of children under 5 to be issued with an official parking permit for parent-and-child spaces to stop people without children from 'nicking' the allocated family spaces. When we discussed the permit idea on our Facebook page, MFMers were quick to share their grievances with the current system…

1. Lazy drivers without children nicking the spaces

"People only park in them without a child because they are lazy!" Jessica said on our Facebook page. "All they need to do is put parent and child spaces at the back of the car park – parents only need the extra space, not to necessarily be closer," Jessica said on our Facebook page.

2. Parents with older children using the spaces

"It should be parent and buggy! Not parent and child! Children can walk!" Emma said on our Facebook page.

"Winds me up when you get parents with older children/teenagers park in them and when confronted they say I am a parent and this is my child," Jade added. "I need the extra room to open the door wide enough to get my baby out of the car seat."

"Personally think if the law states booster seat to be used until 12-years-old then they can use the spaces but once they don't need it then don't use them," Laura said.


3. Parents not getting their kids out of the car

"Also annoying is people who use them and don't get their children out the car," Kelly said. "When I went shopping this week all spaces were taken and children and Dad were sat in a car whilst mum was shopping. If your children aren't getting out the car why do you need a parent child space?"

4. Feeling too guilty to use the spaces

"I think the permits are a good idea. I've always felt too guilty to park in these spaces even when my daughter was very little," said Nancy. "It would have made it feel more legitimate if I would have had a permit."

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