Drivers could be fined up to £95 in a crackdown to stop them parking in parent-and-child spaces unnecessarily.

There have been calls for not just a £70 fine for parking, but also an on-the-spot charge of £25.

What are the rules on parent and child spaces?

Depending on the shopping centre or supermarket will depend on the rules of parking spaces.

But the general rule of thumb is that parent-and-child spaces are specifically made wider to allow parents to take their children out safely and without bashing other people’s cars.

They are called parent-and-child spaces because they are for parents and their children.

It should therefore be no surprise if you are neither of these things and you get a £70 fine whacked onto your car.

Harrison Woods, managing director at, told The Sun: "Parent-and-child parking at supermarkets is a hot topic and often creates strong opinion, as demonstrated by our survey results which show most people want some sort of punishment for motorists who use supermarket parent-and-child parking spaces when they shouldn't be."

Is it illegal to park in a parent-and-child space?

It is not illegal but this won’t stop you getting a hefty fine because you didn’t want to walk an extra 100yds to the shop.

I am pregnant, can I use these parking spots?

Yes you can, and if someone tells you that you are not allowed, they are wrong.

I am a mum but my children aren’t with me, can I still use the space?

No. And you could be fined as well if you do. The point of the spaces is to give extra space for you and your children, if it is just you, then you do not need the extra space.