Drivers face £260 fines for parking in parent and child bays even if they have kid

Drivers have been warned over hefty fines for using parent-child parking bays. Motorists and road users face fines for parking in child and parent bays in supermarkets - even if they are accompanied by a child - it has been warned.

Motorists can be fined for using a parent-child parking spaces, even if they're out with their kids - and there's a strict age limit if you want to grab one of the spots. It 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.

The parking firm claimed the parent "didn't require the extra space" due to the fact she wasn't unloading her vehicle. Mum Charlotte told Lancashire Live: "I chose to park slightly into the pink area (about a tyre’s width), so I could get my daughter out of the car safely.

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"I did it for the safety of my daughter and the protection of others’ property, and I was still within the child/parent parking area." Tim Alcock of told SunMotors: "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.

"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." An RAC spokesperson added: "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."