Superstore clamps down on parking cheats

PUBLISHED: 12:40 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

Asda service manager Sharon Getley with the store’s parking penalty notices

Asda service manager Sharon Getley with the store's parking penalty notices

A SUPERMARKET which has decided to get tough on parking cheats began its crackdown on Monday. Shoppers who abuse specialist parking spaces at Asda s Hatfield store will find themselves hit with a £60 fine. Those who park in disabled bays without displayin

A SUPERMARKET which has decided to get tough on parking cheats began its crackdown on Monday.

Shoppers who abuse specialist parking spaces at Asda's Hatfield store will find themselves hit with a £60 fine.

Those who park in disabled bays without displaying a blue disabled badge and use mother and baby spaces, without young children, will have to pay up.

As previously reported in the WHT the supermarket chain will trial the scheme for a year, after a successful pilot which operated at its stores in Liverpool.

During this time, the number of free parking spaces available for disabled drivers and parents increased by 60 per cent.

Peter Sweetsir, manager at the Hatfield store, said: "We're not doing it to make a profit, we are hoping it will stop abuse."

He added that on the whole shoppers in Hatfield "respected the bays", but the fine would deter those who did not.

All profits generated from the fines will go to baby charity Tommy's and Motability, a car scheme for disabled people.

Customer services manager Paul Hedley said: "At Asda we have decided to take a stand to keep specialised parking spaces available to those customers that need them.

Bays

"Most customers using these bays without good reason don't realise their actions impact on people that rely on them to do their weekly shop."

Parking firm Town and City Parking will enforce the parking rules and fines.

Mr Hedley added Asda would encourage anyone that managed a car park to follow their lead.

n What do you think about the fines? Will they make your life easier or are they just a waste of time? Email us your views at whtimes@archant.co.uk or log on to www.whtimes24.co.uk

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