The public has spoken! According to a new survey, one in two people would like to fine motorists that misuse parent-and-child parking bays.

Out of the 500 people who responded to the YourParkingSpace.co.uk survey, over 25 per cent said they would like thoughtless drivers to be fined more than £25, while more than 33 per cent were happy with £25 or less.

For some people, a fine doesn’t go far enough; one in 10 said they would back a temporary ban from the supermarket for repeat parking offenders.

Harrison Woods, managing director at online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Parent-and-child parking at supermarkets is a hot topic and often creates strong opinion… most people want some sort of punishment for motorists who use supermarket parent-and-child parking spaces when they shouldn’t be.”

The survey also revealed that 38 per cent of people want to cap the use of parent-and-child parking spaces to just 5 years’ old, much lower than the limit generally accepted by most supermarkets.

What are the rules for using parent-and-child-parking bays?

Parking in a space reserved for people with children isn’t illegal, and there are no hard and fast rules about exactly who can use them.

Different retailers offer varying guidelines on their use. Sainsbury’s and Asda, for example, state that their parent-and-child bays are for those with children under 12 years, and that these bays are monitored by their parking attendants.

Other retailers make no clear rules, but say the majority of their customers to use the spaces fairly.

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At the moment, parent-and-child bays aren’t routinely patrolled, which means it’s easy for childless drivers to pull into one of these spaces without any ill-effects (apart from being glared at by a parent or two).

If the change comes into force, anyone misusing the bays may find themselves returning to an unwelcome fine.