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Give Me Space Campaign

I get a lot of campaign emails, but every now and then one pops into my inbox and I think “This needs to happen”.  This is what happened when the Give Me Space Campaign emailed me looking for ambassadors.

The Give Me Space Campaign aims to increase the number of parent and child parking spaces in the U.K. This is a campaign that you should get behind because if you own a car then it affects you, whether you have a child or not, here’s why…

Four in Five Families Call for Government to Introduce New Parking Recommendations

Give Me Space Campaign Calls for Safer Parking for Families

 A new parent-led campaign has launched today, in a bid to lobby government to introduce official recommendations on the number of parent and child spaces made available in public car parks, after a report reveals that four in five parents have put themselves or their children at risk (90%).

The ‘Give Me Space’ campaign has been created to instigate positive change, after a frustrated mum decided enough was enough. Lisa Roberts, business owner and mum of two conducted a study of 2,000 parents, which has revealed that 90 percent of parents and caregivers share her frustrations with the current parking allocations, and 83 percent would like the government to introduce change.

The study has revealed that 90 percent of parents and caregivers have been forced to put their own, or their children’s safety at risk, due to the lack of parent and child spaces available in public places with privately owned car parks such as supermarkets and leisure centres. The most shocking revelation, was that over half of all pregnant women claim to have been forced to apply excessive pressure on their unborn child, when trying to get back into their vehicle (52%).

When asked, 83 percent of the parents and caregivers that took part in the study said they would back the campaign to ask government to introduce new recommendations on parent and child spaces, like the recommendations set out for disabled parking spaces.

Lisa Roberts, leader of the Give Me Space campaign comments: “In the UK there are 1.2 million public parking spaces, of which a percentage are rightly allocated to disabled drivers (37,000). This allocation is based on a recommendation set out by the Department for Transport, based on the Equality Act 2010 – (approximately 4%).  The recommendation stipulates the location and dimensions of the spaces to best benefit their users.

“Currently, there is no official recommendation set out by government for parent and child spaces, forcing millions of parents to put their children, including unborn children, at risk. This is what the Give Me Space campaign hopes to change.”

Suzie Hayman, Trustee of charity Family Lives supports the parent-led campaign; she comments: “Ambiguity around parent and child parking spaces is a real issue, with some families receiving unnecessary and often difficult to afford fines as a result.

“Safety is the most important issue, and the Give Me Space campaign is designed to ask government to introduce clear guidelines that will keep families safer, by way of more suitable provisions for the people that need them most.”

The Give Me Space study also asked parents how car park owners are best to deter misuse of the spaces – they said:

  • Cash fines – 67%
  • Clearer signage – 45%
  • Naming and shaming offenders – 31%
  • An alarm that is sounded if bay is misused – 22%

Petition and White Paper

At the centre of the campaign is an online petition for parents or caregivers to sign, as well as a Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels where real life evidence and experiences are being shared.

The Give Me Space campaign will present a ‘White Paper’ to Government, which will include the petition outcome, case studies of unsafe parking scenarios caused by the lack of allocated spaces, requirements of the spaces including dimensions and positioning, as well as age limits and misuse deterrents, and list of key ambassadors willing to support the change.

As a temporary measure, a free car sticker pack asking other drivers to ‘Give Me Space’ is available at www.givemespace.net. Follow the campaign, or join in the conversation using the hashtag #givemespace.

  1. Emma walker says:

    I too get really fed up with this and have been fined because I had to take up two normal spaces once. An easy way to solve this for everyone including the misuse of disabled spaces would be for all parking spaces to be made just that little bit bigger. Unfortunately this way those big money grabbing companies risk losing out on a bit of cash.

  2. This is a subject close to my heart. It’s so important and it seems that everybody with children agrees – which leads me to believe it’s about education!

    Thanks for linking up to #outsidemywindow, I hope to see you back again next time!
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  3. I do think there should be fines of some sort for people who abuse the parent & child spaces out of sheer laziness. It drives me up the wall, especially when parents, who you would think would know better, park in them without having a kid in that car seat! There also definitely aren’t enough spaces in the majority of places, especially for pregnant women and women with more than one child. The best place I’ve seen is the Oracle shopping centre in Reading where there is an entire massive section of the car park dedicated to parent & child spaces, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to always find a space! #OutsideMyWindow
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  4. We think clearer signs should help as when they are painted on the floor you can’t see them! My mummy always approaches people who use them and don’t have children! #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. I do think that there is an attitude amongst lots of people that ‘they didn’t have these in my day, why should parents now have things easier’. I hear from my mum that some of her friends think this, and will park in those spaces without question. Obviously they don’t realise that times have changed – cars have got bigger, car seats are bigger and more awkward to get children out of, and they have to stay in them until they’re older. I do think that a cold hard cash fine would be a good deterrent. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  6. It’s very frustrating when spaces that are allocated to anyone, whether that’s parent and child or disabled gets abused. There needs to be some way of monitoring it. Car park spaces are generally to small and there has been many times I’ve not been able to get my girls in and out. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X
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  7. I can only speak for myself, I would never park in disabled bays.

  8. Brian Thompson says:

    So you say you want as many spaces in car parks as disabled drivers. Does this mean that mothers will STOP using disabled spaces? These spaces get abused by non-disabled drivers all the time. Do we get any support?

  9. Thanks so much for getting behind this campaign Mrs H. I LOVE your video too – well done on that. The amount of times I’ve parked and had to leave my buggy at the front of the car is shocking. I’ve got a 24 month old toddler as well as my baby, so it’s a logistical nightmare getting out of the car. Also, at my gym there are a few parent and child space, but they are TINY and golfers use them! The other day I had to leave my baby on the pavement while I got in the car and reversed out as there was zero space to pop the child seat back in from the buggy. Fab Campaign and will be signing the petition! #SharingtheBlogLove

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