1 Town designates parking 'men only'
13 Jul 2012, 11:32 am
Officials in a German town have been accused of sexism after designating two particularly tricky parking spaces "men only".
A town in southwest Germany has drawn accusations of sexism after designating two particularly tricky parking spaces "men only".
The mayor of the Black Forest town of Triberg says women would find
it difficult to park there because drivers need to back in diagonally
without hitting a pillar and a wall.
Gallus Strobel notes that 12 places in the 220-capacity car park are reserved for women.
Many German cities designate a small number of parking spaces,
usually near exits, for women concerned about their personal safety in
poorly lit garages.
Strobel said he had received overwhelmingly positive reactions from men who feel discriminated against by "women only" parking.
But the Triberg mayor said some "humourless people" had criticised the move.