Sainsbury's hires traffic wardens for stores

July 23, 2009 | By | In News

Parking patrols on motorbikes will fine shoppers who wrongly use disabled or parents' bays.

Next time you visit Sainsbury’s, watch where you park. The supermarket chain is hiring motorbike-riding wardens at 400 of its biggest stores. They will patrol the disabled and child-friendly spaces outside the shops and ticket anyone who parks there but shouldn’t. Wrong-drs will receive £50 tickets. And, according to the Daily Telegraph, Sainsbury’s promises that all fines collected will be donated to charity.

Sainsbury’s is following its rival, Asda. The Leeds-based chain charges £60 to people who park incorrectly in a disabled bay or a parent’s bay. Again, the money gs to charity, says the chain. Sainsbury’s says that it held trails, employing wardens at 60 stores last year. It says that the disabled and parent bays were emptier as a result and far fewer customers complained about other shoppers taking the bays without good reason. The store says it has in the past tried reasoning with shoppers, but that hadn’t worked.

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