Parent-and-child parking space permits (proper ones you have to apply for): genius idea or not?
We've just seen that a mum-of-three from Aylesbury, Bucks, has started an online petition, calling for all parents of children under five to be issued with an official parking permit (like a disabled parking permit) that allows them to park in parent-and-child parking spaces, and prevents people without children from 'nicking' the parent-and-child spaces.
Aisling Surguy, who has a 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins, started the petition because she was so furious at continually finding the parent-and-child spaces in her town were being taken by drivers without children.
"It infuriates me that people with no children park in these spaces," she told her local paper. "I see it on a daily basis, particularly at banks and supermarkets."
"I have challenged people about it. People swear at me and I get told to mind my own business.
"I just want the spaces to be used for parents and babies."
Her petition, which now has over 350 signatures, says: "We believe that when a baby is born, you should send their birth certificate off and receive a permit that expires when the child is 5 years old, to be able to park in a baby parking space, just like a disabled badge.
"It's extremely hard for parents with small children to often get in and out of normal parking spaces, and it's frustrating when people use the baby spaces when they have no children on board."
What do you think? Do you think Aisling's petition is a good idea? Would you back her and sign it? Or do you think it's all a bit of an impractical overreaction?
Do please let us know your thoughts!