Ever found yourself struggling to get the little ones in and out of the car safely? Maybe before they were even born? You're not alone. Join our campaign for safer parking for families.
Give me Space is a parent-led campaign for safer parking facilities for families. The campaign will bring together your views on the need for safer parking for parents with young children and pregnant women, which will then be used to lobby government to introduce new parent and child parking recommendations for all car park owners. At the centre of the campaign is an online petition for parents or care-givers to sign, as well as a Facebook page to allow you to share your stories.
We've done our research - Every day parents, caregivers and pregnant women are putting themselves and their children at risk due to a shortage of parent and child spaces.
Research indicates that in the UK, 90 percent of pregnant women have reported struggling to get their bump in and out of a vehicle due to lack of space in a normal parking bay. Our report also revealed that 90 percent of parents often cannot find a free parents and child space and of those, 93 percent then struggle to get their children out of the car safely due to lack of space to remove car seats and pushchairs.
When asked, four in every five parents (83%) would like the government to introduce new parent and child parking recommendations for all car park owners. Sign our petition for safer parking for families!
As a temporary measure, for those occasions when you don't get a parent and child space, register for your free 'car sticker pack' to ask other drivers to 'give me space'!
"When I realised that the adjacent car had parked so close to my car that there was no way I could get the baby's car seat through the gap I had two choices, either leave the baby with a stranger so I could reverse my car or give my car keys to a stranger and ask them to reverse it for me - neither were very appealing choices!"
"When heavily pregnant I returned to my car to find that the cars either side of me had parked so close there was no way I could squeeze my bump through either gap. I was faced with trying to enter the car through the boot (impossible!) or phoning my partner to come and rescue me. Not a great start to the day!"