‘Genius’ car park feature in Tassie shopping centre blows Aussies away

A simple but effective feature in a supermarket car park has caught the attention of frustrated drivers, prompting many to ask: Why isn’t this the norm?

Aussies have praised the “genius” parking bays at Tasmania’s Glebe Hill shopping centre which have adopted a new method for line markings.

The clever double lines create a space between the two cars, which many social media users noted “allows a door to be fully open without hitting the adjacent car”.

One very impressed driver shared a series of photos after spotting the nifty design, stating: “All car parks should adopt this method for line markings.”

“[It] gives you a level of confidence when parking here that it is fairly unlikely that you will get a ding in your door whilst shopping,” the man wrote in the Tasmania Parking Fails Facebook group.

“I realise that it doesn’t absolutely guarantee that damage won’t occur but it is most likely 95 per cent effective.

“Not too many parking fails seem to happen here because the double lines have the effect of creating more accurate parking.

“Supermarket car parks are renowned for a high degree of car damage but not so here.”

The national dimension requirements for on-street and off-street parking spaces is set by Standards Australia and is currently 2.4m by 5.4m.

But these spaces are often too tight for drivers of larger vehicles and those with families, prompting a flurry of support on Facebook.

“The best designed car park I have ever been to,” one delighted driver declared.

“About time someone had common sense and created a safe zone for our cars. Congratulations to the those who created the idea and made it happen,” someone else said.

“Absolutely elite parking experience here there’s no denying it,” another agreed.

Others pointed out it was a “very sensible” move, adding it was “such a great idea”.

“All places need it, can hardly get your kids out of the car with the way they are now,” one mum noted.

“What a great idea, people that are disabled need the car door opened right up,” someone else agreed.

Some said they’d spotted the feature at their local car parks in various spots in Queensland.

But there were some sceptics of the double lines who argued: “Doesn’t matter how much room and how wide parking bays may be there’ll be that one drongo who will park scewwift into the other bay.”

Standards Australia previously proposed the length of a standard car park space be increased by 20 centimetres which would see car park spaces in public car parks and streets extend up to 5.6m long while the width would remain the same.

But critics argued an increased size would mean there are fewer spots available, and to date, the proposal to accommodate the trend of larger vehicles on Australian roads has yet to come to fruition.

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