Mum sparks massive online debate after asking whether pram-only parking spaces are for parents with children who can walk or those with prams only.

The woman posted on a local Facebook community group after she noticed that ’90 per cent of the parents that park here can walk and don’t have prams’.

‘Are these bays just for parents (with kids) that can walk or just for prams only for like kids like newborn or that can’t walk because 90 per cent of parents that park here there kids can walk and don’t have prams?,’ she posted.

The post attracted close to 200 comments, with mothers and fathers disagreeing about the nature of the parking spaces, shares Daily Mail.

While some thought it was perfectly fine to use the spaces with toddlers, others disagreed entirely.

‘I use them with my toddler sometimes as the spaces are bigger and you need to open the door wider to get them out of the car seats,’ one woman wrote.

‘Anyone can park there. Literally anyone! It’s a recommendation not a law,’ another added.

What is the law?

Daily Mail shares that according to the NRMA, the parking spaces with a distinctive pram symbol are not enforced under the law.

Any driver can legally park in these spots – but a car park management have the right to ask someone to vacate the space if they don’t have a pram or infant.

It’s at the management’s discretion how they choose to enforce parent parking rules.

NRMA said the right thing to do comes down to ‘common courtesy’.

Do you use the pram only parking bays at all?

Share your comments below

  • I believe pram spaces are primarily for those with prams. Children who require a pram are those that are more likely to need help in and out of a car and therefore need wider car spaces to open doors fully. It also allows for the parent to maneuver the pram next to the car and keep the child in view, rather than at the rear of a car (such as after getting the pram from the boot). This particularly applies when you have more than one child and need to keep view of both.


  • I use the pram spaces when I have my baby. They are bigger and makes it easier to get her in and out of the car. I would say that anyone with young kids in car seats should be able to use them as it can be hard to get them in and out of their car seats if the spaces aren’t big enough.


  • I use them at my local woolies when I can. But usually only when I have my baby with me, even though I don’t put her in a pram. I do it so I don’t have to carry her too far to get to a trolley, don’t have to cross a road to get to the car while trying to wrangle heavy loaded trolley. It also allows me to load my baby into the car and quickly put the trolley away without the trolley bay being 3/4 of the car park away. My coles on the other hand is right in front of where the smokers go, so I avoid that like the plague.
    When it’s just myself and my 3.5yr old, I don’t park in those bays though.
    I do believe they are courtesy though, so I don’t get angry when others park there. I just wish these people would have more consideration esp if they have to ask if I need help with the heavy trolley and/or wrangling heavy trolley with baby in it while trying to stop my 3.5yr old running all over the road. FYI she doesn’t but she has almost chasing a balloon.


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