Would you say something if you saw a person without a child park their car in a pram spot? Pram spots are usually offered in car parks as a ‘suggestion’, or policy – not the law – so if someone without children parks in one, should they be confronted about the error of their ways?
The member wrote:
“OK, so I just parked in a pram spot at my local shopping centre. A van pulled in next to me (also a pram spot) that had a baby seat in it. However, two guys got out of the car (no baby in the car) and left.
“They obviously used the spot to park the car, and at first I was annoyed – people with prams really need those spots! But then I thought, what if they were picking up kids? Would you have said something?”
LISTEN: TGM discusses whether you should confront someone who’s parked in a pram spot without a child. Post continues after.
TGM host Andrew Daddo had a fairly direct response: “She’s answered her own question, they could have been picking up a child.” He also made the point that it’s our duty to support people who need it in our community, and not make things harder for them.
Many members of the Mamamia Parents group also agreed that they would not confront a driver.
Kylie said, “I wouldn’t have said anything. While these spots are convenient, with a pram it’s not like you really need a closer spot than anyone else. If anything, parents with toddlers or pregnant women should get priority over closer spaces, beyond the necessary disability ones.”
Claire agreed, whilst noting that pram parks often are wider spaces, which is convenient for getting kids in and out without damaging other vehicles – but are not a right.