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To: Nicola Sturgeon

Free permit for parent and child parking

Free permit for parent and child parking

To whom it may concern,

As a mother to a young infant I have noticed increasingly the misuse of parent and child parking by people without children with them.
As someone who relies on the space size that these parking spaces provide to remove a car seat it is frustrating to see others use these spaces when they don't need to, or qualify.
It can be very stressful and almost impossible to remove a car seat from a car parked in a regular space if finding a space at all.
These people would not be able to use a disabled space without being disabled so there is no reason why they should use a parent and child without a child with them.
I propose that a permit be made and given in a maternity pack to all expecting and new mums with expiry dates up to when the child is a certain age, and to be renewed if necessary.

Why is this important?

It is important as these spaces are being taken advantage of to the disadvantage, frustration and difficulty to people with young children in car seats. The space that these have also make unloading and loading the children safer than a regular space.
mention the safety aspect.
Some parents rely on these spaces to ensure that prams and trolleys are parked at the side of their vehicle while they unload their children. If they don't get one of these spaces it means that the children have to be placed at the back of the vehicle with traffic passing by. The spaces are also generally next to walk ways and/or zebra crossings to allow safer walking which is especially important when you have more children than hands. Parking in these spaces when you do not require it is directly putting children in danger by forcing parents to park prams and trolleys on the road and then cross the carpark with children

Scotland, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I have a 5 month old and a 3 year old parent and child parking spaces are really important to us. Its very inconsiderate of people who use these when they clearly don't have children with them. I see this happen almost every time we are out. A permit would hopefully prevent this happening.

Updates

2021-11-17 21:04:40 +0000

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2021-11-17 17:49:42 +0000

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2021-11-17 16:25:19 +0000

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2021-11-17 15:46:43 +0000

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