Letters: Let's have larger spaces to park in

In response to the lady from Clitheroe on Friday.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 5:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2018, 6:58 pm
Do parking spaces need to be bigger?

I really do understand her issue. But I feel we need to focus on the people in power who decide how large standard car parking spaces are. Also motor company manufacturers who design these larger vehicles. We are all victims of their practices.

The popularity of marketing and selling larger vehicles, the owner of the car park to plan out the spaces to fit in and park the greatest number of vehicles who pay to park there – it’s all about maximizing profit.

I am an elderly person of enforced early retirement due to mobility issues, arthritis and knee replacement. But because I still keep going, I’m not entitled to a blue disabled badge. Because the rules have been tightened up. I regularly have to try and seek a parking space at the end of a line, so I have sufficient space to open my driver’s door. Failing that, I park my passenger side on the line of a space to give me as much space available on my driver’s side. However, I’ve sometimes arrived back to my car with another motorist parked so close to my driver’s side that I’m unable to open my door or squeeze myself in. I have to resort to asking for the assistance of a younger member of the public to climb over from my passenger side and kindly reverse my car out of the tight space so I can leave the car park.

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Why don’t they bring in a ruling that if a parking space is below a minimum width, the owner of the car park is liable for any damage to those vehicles struggling to use the small spaces!

Also, have wider spaces for larger vehicles, but give parking wardens the powers to ticket a small car for using the space unnecessarily.

I also feel the time has come for vehicle manufacturing, to design sliding doors as a standard.

Because everyone is appearing to overlook the fact that you require space to open a door, with the exception of Asda supermarket in Fulwood (above). Theirs is a very user-friendly car park in my experience.