Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and other shoppers warned over car park 'age limit'

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Customers frequenting major supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are being urged to be mindful of parking regulations to avoid potential fines. Signs displaying various rules about parking are typically found in supermarket car parks.

While many of these rules pertain to the duration of stay, others can be more specific. Despite most supermarket car parks being free, there are still terms and conditions that exist, which many people may overlook.

One such rule that might go unnoticed pertains to parking with a child. Almost all supermarkets provide dedicated spaces for parents parking with children.

Previously known as mother and child spots, these spaces have now been made more inclusive and are now dad-friendly. However, what might not be common knowledge is that these parent and child bays often come with an age limit.

If your child is over 12 years old, you are often no longer allowed to use them. So, even if you have a 13-year-old in the car and you are just popping in to grab a loaf of bread, parking near the front of the shop could result in a penalty.

Avalon Motor Co say: "In almost all supermarket car parks, you'll find designated spaces for parent and child parking, and they're usually closer to the store doors to save parents having to cross more of the busy car park than is necessary. While it may seem unclear who is allowed to park in these spaces, we're here to clarify: you can use a parent and child parking space if you're entering the shop with a child under 12 years old.

"The age limit of 12 is set because this is the age up to which a child must be secured in the vehicle using child restraints, such as child car seats. f you're going into the shop alone and leaving a child with another adult in the car, you should use a regular parking space."

If you're caught misusing these spaces, you could face a fine, known as a Parking Charge Notice. This is because most supermarket car parks are managed by third-party companies, some of which use cameras for enforcement. Failure to pay the fine could result in court action.