Do you recognise this scenario?
The one where you pull in to your local supermarket and discover all of the disabled bays are taken. So what do you do?
Do you turn the car around and return home? Do you drive to another store hoping that you can find a suitable parking space?
Or, do you risk the wrath of a parent or vandalism to your vehicle (or worse) because you dared to park in a ‘Parent and child’ parking space?
As a father to five all of whom are aged ten and under (the youngest is four) I am quite entitled to utilise the ‘Parent and child’ spaces at supermarkets. But if you are in the situation I mentioned above why shouldn’t you?
After all, although supermarkets have a duty to make sure that disabled people can easily access their stores, there is no requirement which says that they have to make it easier for parents with children. The simple reason parent and child spaces are provided is because it makes life easier for parents who spend lots of money, it’s just a gimmick.
No disabled person chose to be born disabled, not one person ever wanted to become disabled. Yet many choose to have children. So who has the moral high ground?
Legally, if the off street car park is displaying the correct signage, then they can charge you if you park there. Yet do they do the same to disabled bay abusers?
I realise this is an emotive subject, but what are your thoughts?