Urgent warning drivers can be fined £100 for using parent-child...
Urgent warning drivers can be fined £100 for using parent-child bays even if they have a kid with them

Urgent warning drivers can be fined £100 for using parent-child bays even if they have a kid with them

DRIVERS have been warned that they risk a heavy fine if they use a parent-child bay even when they have kids in the car. The bays, often found the near the entrances to supermarkets, offer parents a handy place to park and shop. 1 Drivers have been warned about using parent-child parking bays Credit: Alamy They were designed to make life a bit easier particularly for mums juggling children and the shopping. But now drivers have been warned that they risk a £100 fine by using the bays even when there are children in the car with them. The warning comes after a mum was ordered to pay £260 for using one of the free spaces - because she didn't actually take her kids out of the car, reports the Mirror. The parking firm claimed the parent "didn't require the extra space" due to the fact she wasn't unloading her vehicle and she paid the price after leaving her vehicle in the parent-child bay. And drivers are not allowed to use the bays if they have a child over the age of 12 with them in the car. Most car parks are managed by companies with their own rules which extend to child bays. The rules must be made clear to all drivers. Drivers could be slapped with a hefty Parking Charge Notice of as much as £100 for misusing the parking space. Tim Alcock of LeaseCar.uk told The Sun: "Mums and dads will naturally enjoy using parent and child parking spaces that are more comfortable to park in and in an area closer to a shop's entrance. Most read in Motors DEADLY INTENT Chilling images show killer at train station where he stabbed boy to death FOR KEEPS Butland's new nickname revealed as Rangers teammates rave about Servette heroics ‘TRUE WARRIOR’ DIY SOS star dies aged 47 after 10-year health battle Servette 1 Rangers 1 (Agg 2-3) Tavernier bags £4.3m goal as dream of UCL jackpot lives on "Unfortunately, the rules can be a little more complex than the name suggests and it can be all too easy to get caught out, landing yourself in hot water or taking a hit in the pocket. "The number one piece of advice if you're considering using a parent and child parking space is to have your child with you and to take your child with you in-store. "Read a car park's signage, note the terms and conditions of using a parking there and then follow the stated rules." The RAC say: "Parent and child bays are reserved for parents or guardians with one or more children under 12 years old. It’s unclear whether pregnant women can use the spaces and probably best to ask an individual store manager what their rules are. "While it isn’t illegal to park in a parent and child bay if you don’t have a child under 12 with you, you could be hit with a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). Disabled drivers should use the dedicated bays for blue badge holders."

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