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?

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  • I no longer use them as my child is grown up. However, many people do use these without pram-aged children.

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  • Thanks for the clarification. The spots can be handy in the early stages and are very far and few in between when it comes to availability.

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  • Thanks for the clarification!

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  • I think it is acceptable if you have kids with or without prams. It’s difficult wrangling kids in carparks and the extra wide spaces make it a little easier. I’ve also seen elderly people use them too and I’m happy for them to do so! I think if we can all be a little less judgy, kinder and understanding, the world would be a more tolerant place!


    • If you have a small child and a wider park means it’s easier to get them in and out without banging into the car next to you, then why shouldn’t you park there

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  • I think for mums with newborns, multiples etc. When they use a pram but are OK walking too I think leave it to the other Mums.

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  • I still use a pram but don’t use the spaces anymore because my bub is bigger and it’s easier now but I think it comes down to courtesy don’t use them if you don’t need to and if you do need to hopefully there are some available.

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  • I don’t really understand why these are necessary. Most young mums are fit and healthy and very well able to park anywhere. I managed to do this when my sons were very young. There seem to be too many of these pram spaces and not nearly enough disabled parking spaces. I was the primary carer for my Mum (90 years old) for four and a half years, and found it very frustrating that disabled parking spots were taken by drivers who had no right to use them. This seems to be more of a problem than pram parking spaces.

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  • I got annoyed when my baby was under 6 months and people who used the spots had kids that could run and walk fine.

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  • It would be courteous to leave the pram parking spaces for people who actually have prams.

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  • I don’t anymore as my children have gotten older. I have a 3yr old still in a regular car seat and a 6yr old in a booster. I used to park there on occasions when my kids were younger even if I didn’t bring my pram as I was still using a trolley to take the place of a pram. The spaces are for parents with young children.

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  • I try to park in them if they are available. A bigger spot is helpful getting the kids in and out without scratching the car next to you.
    Also they are closer to the entry which is great when you have more than one child. I hate walking through parking lots as there are so many drivers so focussed on finding a spot that they don’t look out for children.

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  • I used them when my children were younger as it was easier and less traffic to look out for. Twins can be a handful at times. Now I park else where as my youngest are 5 years old and know the rules of staying close not running away. When my husband goes with us we use disable parking as he has a permit to do so and even then it is hard to get one. Lots of the PWP spots are in the sun anyway , so prefer some shade. Senior and older people spots can not be enforced either. Only the ACORD ones.

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  • I don’t understand the need for these parks as you’re able bodied, there needs to be more parking for people with disabilities as I can never get a park even through I have a disability, yet ther are heaps of pram parking spots go figure!


    • I’m a disability pensioner too, I agree that there are often more parking for prams then for the disabled, one of the shopping centres I go to, told me I could park in the parking for prams, it’s amazing the looks you get

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  • There should be more people enforcing who can park in these spots. I have an infant myself and find these parks convenient when I can get one that is. Many times have I gone to park in them to be beaten by someone who doesn’t have children at all. Personally I find it disrespectful. Parents with older children I don’t believe should park there. I believe they should purely be used for people with babies infants and toddlers. It’s hard enough trying to drag around an infant to the shops etc. having a larger park that is closer to the entrance makes life so much easier.


    • You poor thing. I never had the luxury of a reserved parking spot. Back in the day where you parked where you could. And just like everyone else ,survived. Carted your groceries to your car like a pack mule, whilst keeping control of your kids. With the advent of these positions parents let their kids run around whilst they pack their cars. I had kids literally run out in front of my car, and those parents oblivious to where and what those little darlings are even doing. So my advice, park your car and just get on with it. And you never know they might bring in valet parking for such overwhelmed and busy mums like you.

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  • Unfortunately for everyone concerned the Parents with prams are not covered under the Law. They are placed there by the shopping centres & if the management ask you to vacate the spot then you must comply. Same goes for some that i have seen at some shopping centres are a seniors parking spot. THE ONLY one of the 3 that is covered under the law is the DISABLED Parking Spot


    • My local major shopping complex(Southland) has such spots and the parking bloke told me that he can only enforce the law on people illegally in handicap sites and overstayers. Centre Seniors cards have long been discontinued. Not to say people won’t park in Handicap sites(I will only be a couple of minutes) or drive around with a pram that is never used, use someone else’s Handicap sticker.

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