Badges for parent and child parking spaces, similar to blue badge system for disabled bays

Badges for parent and child parking spaces, similar to blue badge system for disabled bays

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Amie Mcelwee started this petition to UK Parliament

Childless drivers who park in parent and child bays are putting families at risk.

Parents are offered these wider spaces, closer to the entrances of shopping centres and stores to keep their children safe. The location reduces the risk of children running out into busy car parks and causing any accidents however, most parents would be happy having the spaces further away from the store as long as there is a safe walkway to get to the entrance. The wider spaces are so that parents can get children in and out of their cars safely without causing damage to their own, or surrounding vehicles.

I would like to propose that the government offer a badge system, similar to that of the blue disability parking badge, to parents with children under 8 and also to mothers in their third trimester of pregnancy, extensions to the age limit of the badges could be offered for specific cases. Proof of such would need to be obtained to be eligible for a parent and child parking badge and I also propose that there be a small fee, the same as the fee for a blue badge (maximum £10), for those who don't claim any government benefits to fund the production and enforcement of this system.

With this badge system, there should be a penalty enforcement system in place to support, meaning drivers who choose to park in parent and child bays, without young children with them, receive a fixed penalty charge supported by local councils.

Differently to the blue disability badge, this would not allow parents to park in any other restricted areas as the blue badge does and should be limited to use within designated, marked parent and child bays in both private and council owned car parks.

Terms of the badge would be liable to change/discussion within parliament and councils.

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