Supermarkets urged to widen parking spaces for fat drivers as Brit obesity rises

Supermarket parking spaces need to be widened for chubby drivers who struggle to squeeze into their cars, it has been claimed.

As the number of obese Brits continues to grow it is argued that the typical spaces given at supermarkets and shopping centres aren’t big enough.

Insurers have to payout on scratches and bangs caused by drivers finding it difficult to get in and out of their cars.

There is no legal minimum size for parking spaces in the UK but the standard is 15.7ft by 7.8ft.

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Obesity has reportedly increased by 92% since the 1990s with 67% of men and 61% of women now overweight or obese.

The sizing for shopping centre car park spaces has not changed since being set in the 1970s and it is said that the greater number of heftier people need to be considered.

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Along with this, the average size of cars has increased partly due to side airbags and other safety measures.

Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “Overweight is the new normal in the UK.

“Drivers, passengers and their vehicles have got much bigger but parking spaces remain the same.

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“Of course obese people will try not to smash their door into a vehicle next to them but the tiny gaps make it difficult to avoid.

“Supermarkets, retail parks and shopping centres should widen their parking spaces to cater for larger customers.”

The AA states that a fifth of insurance claims comes from car park accidents and four in 10 drivers had a vehicle dented or scratched while parked.

John Lay, of Zero Deposit Car Leasing, told The Sun: “If standard spaces were extended to meet the increasing obese population insurance claims could reduce significantly.”

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