In thinking Mother and Baby car parking spots....

(407 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Mon 28-Jul-14 12:52:49

....are actually for parents with babies/toddlers?

It was always my understanding that the wide spaces are for parents who have car seats and pushchairs to contend with, not for parents of 10 year olds who just want to park nearer to the shop, like a family that I saw today?!

I'm only moaning because I've just twisted and scraped my back trying to remove my car seat from my half closed back door door, in a very tight parking space whilst trying not to scratch the car I'm parked next to.

I was secretly fuming at those in the Mother and Baby spaces who surely shouldn't have been there, like the one I mentioned above.

And breathe smile

I haven't read the thread ( I don't use P&C spaces now) but I do know from experience the "Park well away , make sure there's a space beside you" just doesn't work.
The number of times I have parked in a completely empty area and found a car parked so close (either behind or beside) that I can't get my door or boot open angry
And yes people say "Park with your boot at the outside"
Well, I like to drive out not reverse out. I have trouble with my nexk and back.
A car shouldn't park into my space (especially if I've left 18" clear space behind me ) so their car stops by boot opening.

A couple of days ago, I parked well away from the door, there were 20+ spaces. A van was squeezed right beside me.
I said out loud "You haven't left me much room" (didn't realise the driver was there, but at least I didn't swear)
"You've got loads of room" he said and walked off.

But ( I disagree, I didn't have loads ) he didn't know who I was or what difficulties I might have. I deliberately parked well back, he didn't need to park next to me.

If he didn't have DC with him and I didn't have my DD, I would've yelled "Well you don't fucking know that do you? I might have a dodgy hip or need my door right open. I might've been 8 months pg"

I was so tempted to whack my door into his van, I was angry

LabradorMama Fri 01-Aug-14 11:06:05

An excellent idea pipbin grin

Jennyleth888 Mon 15-Feb-16 08:12:17

This drives me and my husband insane!! As if it isnt hard enough going shopping with a 3 month old baby i now have to park over two spaces and look like a complete inconciderate arse hole as it is the only way i can get the car seat out. I think they should heavly fine ppl who use these spaces when they dont have children (like they do for parking in disabled) or have kids who are not in car seats. Husband had a good sugestion put some spaces at the back of the car park bt making sure there is a safe pathway and trollys. People wouldnt want to park in them unless they need thenspace to get little ones out of. Rant over xx

Jennyleth888 Mon 15-Feb-16 08:16:38

Sorry about my terrible spelling im deslexic to the point indnt even know how to spell my problem and dnt know how to put spell check on these comments. Ahh reminds me of the days before iphones and having to think of diffrent words to use that i could spell when txting ppl!!!

RedFlagsOnTheRight Mon 15-Feb-16 09:18:38

I agree with OP.

I think they should be for parents with babies or toddlers, who need to get car-seats out or assemble prams/pushchairs/get reins on. Not people with older children. Once a child is old enough to walk independently the need for a P&C space diminishes.

It is selfish and ignorant to use a P&C just for convenience or because you have a huge car. Unfortunately society is full of people who will poach resources assigned to a more vulnerable group.

Irrelevant that people managed for years without them.

TwatMagnet Mon 15-Feb-16 09:19:34


SoupDragon Mon 15-Feb-16 09:21:35

This is a bloody ZOMBIE THREAD!

About sodding P&C spaces of all things.

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