There are few things more disheartening than coming back to your car and find a parking ticket, but a recent survey found that over a quarter of people want to inflict that terror on the car park using public.

Or more specifically those who abuse the parent and child spaces. The survey carried out by, found that of 500 people, more than a quarter believe a hefty fine of more than £25 would be a strong enough deterrent, whereas the remaining third felt that a more modest fine of £25 or less would be sufficient.

Approximately 10% of respondents wanted a temporary ban to be handed out to rule breakers, it is believed they are also the people who post on Facebook about Britain going to ‘pot’ and pining for the good old days!*

Age cap

The survey also revealed that 38% of respondents want an age cap of five years’ old for the use of parent and child spaces, with 12 being the current accepted limit by many supermarkets.

Speaking about the results, Harrison Wood, managing director at and master of stating the obvious, said:

‘Parent-and-child parking at supermarkets is a hot topic and often creates strong opinion, as demonstrated by our survey results which show most people want some sort of punishment for motorists who use supermarket parent-and-child parking spaces when they shouldn’t.’

Hot Topic

Parent and child spaces are a hot topic at MSL with the subject coming up for debate during a recent MSL Car Talk episode. During the discussion our host, Kyle Daniels, admitted to using parent and child spaces for his young son, and when shopping with his father. He is obviously over the current 12-year limit.

What are your thoughts on the debate? Do you think drivers should be fined or are we simply creating more things to moan about? Have your say across our social media channels.

*Not based on actual fact.