There is great dialogue happening around this issue, but we are drifting a bit, and that's ok as long as we continue to remember the core issue.
No one is saying that 4WD's or small cars should be banned or discriminated against.
That is not the purpose or intent of the thread.
What we'd like to see is a shopping experience that is fair to ALL.
To my way of thinking it means giving 4WD's or larger vehicles (which obscure the view and thus compromise safety) a section of their own which does not disadvantage those drivers, as far as access to the front door of the supermarket is concerned. It need not be any particular area, but could be as simple as using every second row of parking bays.
At the same time, smaller car drivers have to be spared the inconvenience of restricted visibility, seemingly not understood by the drivers of the vehicles responsible for that visual obstruction, by virtue of the parking placement of the larger vehicles.
We already have "Handicapped" sections - no one has any issues with that.
And that introduction raised no eyebrows.
And I think the same will happen when the segregation of large and small vehicles occurs.
Yes, it is coming - no doubt - it has to.
Not everyone will comply - at least not immediately.
There are always hard noses. And I expect some smaller vehicle drivers would STILL want to park amongst the big boys, and vice versa.
But common sense and decency usually prevails over time - just as it has with the handicapped parking allocation.
The airing of views has been great, and I am glad I have put off making the submission so far.
Some good points raised eg that some supermarkets/shopping centres already do have the kind of segregation we speak of, and it is working a treat. I have had private emails about this - thanks to those who took the time to write.
Generally people will feel threatened if they are asked to change habits, or think they are about to be treated unfairly.
That's not going to happen - relax. Many fears have already been uncovered, by virtue of the comments made. I see that as a great thing, because it does indeed show the kinds of things to be avoided in designing parking, and allocating parking bays fairly.
Would love to hear some hypothetical designs now, so that any disadvantages to any party can be pre-empted and sorted early.
I know there are many traffic engineers who already have ideas on this - perhaps retired and with good experience in this area.. Do you know one? Would they be willing to comment here?
Thank you to all - please continue.