JUGGLING ACT: Gympie shopper Gayle Jones, loading up her shopping yesterday, believes shopping car parks need to be bigger to help ease frustrations.
JUGGLING ACT: Gympie shopper Gayle Jones, loading up her shopping yesterday, believes shopping car parks need to be bigger to help ease frustrations. Greg Miller

Gympie's big battle for parking rights

MOTORISTS have taken to The Gympie Times' Facebook page in a bid to thrash out a consensus on the red hot issue of 4WDs sharing car parks with smaller vehicles.

The debate was sparked when APN travel writer Ann Rickard wrote an opinion piece earlier this week taking a swipe at 4WD owners.

"It is the taking of your dirty great big four-wheel drive into busy supermarket car parks," she said. "Car spaces in shopping centres are tight and difficult to negotiate in ordinary circumstances."

Her opinion piece has since triggered plenty of online debate and both camps are equally passionate.

Drivers of 4WDs claim they pay their registration and have as much right to use public car parking spaces as anyone.

4WD owners also point out their vehicles are often needed to access ungraded roads as well as for leisure and lifestyle activities of a weekend.

Opponents of the larger vehicles argue they are too big for tiny shopping centre car parks and cause safety issues in terms of visibility for those wanting to reverse out of parks.

Deanne Morrison laid down the law online as the owner of a 4WD.

"As a driver of one of those dirty 4WDs, I pay registration and insurance and have the same rights as any other driver," she said.

"I also park in my allotted car park. I have also returned to my car to find me parked in by a little car badly parked.

"There's good and bad drivers in all types of cars but maybe it's patience and consideration and plain old fashioned good manners and courtesy that's the answer.

"Larger car parks and more of them would help as well."

Michael Tillinger, meanwhile, did not reveal which camp was in, but instead fired a shot at the topic itself.

"This is a joke and whoever came up with this stupid idea needs their head read," he said.

Another Facebook commentator, Kirstie Louise, experienced first-hand the frustration of larger vehicles encroaching on adjacent car parks.

"I was parking the other day and two 4WDs, one next to me and one in front, were parked on such a stupid angle the cars beside them couldn't get out."

FACEBOOK

I DO understand this. I used to drive a Capri. As awesome as it was, I just cannot see through 4bys or vans.

People, park where you are allowed and be considerate of each other.

If you cannot see, then reverse out slowly. People will stop. They have no legal reason to hit you as they would have seen you. Have your blinker on too and make sure your reverse and brake lights work. It helps to make yourself be visible.

Bambette Kerr

THAT is ridiculous, there are other cars that are big, as well, what about Fairlanes and Statesmans? So many little and bigger cars are hard to see out of.

Nancy Evans

I think the problem lies in the operator, if you can't get in & out of a car park despite what vehicle is parked beside you maybe she should consider whether you should be driving at all.

Lauren Williams

It seems everyone has an opinion on parking.
It seems everyone has an opinion on parking. Iain Curry

4WD association hits back

THE Four Wheel Drive Queensland Association got hot under the bonnet reading APN columnist Ann Rickard's opinion piece earlier this week.

"4WD Queensland finds it disturbing and offensive that media outlets.... publish narrow-minded articles and opinions that falsely portray 4WD vehicles and their owners as dangerous and irresponsible menaces to society, and further suggest separate shopping centre parking as preposterous," the organisation said.

"The unnecessary and targeted discrimination of 4WD vehicles by media outlets completely undermines the good work that 4WD QLD, our affiliated member clubs, and many social media based organisations do within the community."

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