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The mayor of Triberg, in the south of Germany, has introduced a controversial new set of parking spots in one of his town’s publicly-owned car parks.

Only female drivers can use the special parking spots, which are marked by the familiar female gender symbol and said to be ‘easier’ to park in.

They are much wider than normal parking spots and better lit.

Men also get their own parking spots, but these are narrower and have concrete pillars to negotiate. Male drivers are also forced to reverse into these spots, and there are just two of them compared to the 12 that are marked for female drivers.  

As Triberg’s mayor, Gallus Strobel, likes to explain, the whole thing is a bit of a joke and so far no one has complained.

“I have much pleasure with this idea,” Strobel told ABC News. “I decided last month to do this as a question of humor for our society, and as a question of justice.”

Strobel also had another reason to introduce the scheme--Triberg is a tourist town located in Germany’s Black Forest region. The mayor hopes the controversial parking spots will help bring more attention to his town and hopefully plenty of visitors too.

Note, Triberg’s mayor is certainly not a pioneer in this field. Planners in the Chinese city of Tianjin recently introduced parking spots that only female drivers are allowed to park in. Like the ones in Triberg, they are generally wider and better lit and marked with pink paint.
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Comments (4)
  1. Hahahahha, they should have this in every town. Lord knows my missus and most of her friends need it. So painful to watch them park and then pretend that it was a tough spot so they don't feel bad.
     
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  2. This is so necessary. It'll be so much easier for these women to park their enormous SUV's. Now if we can just ban putting makeup on while driving...
     
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  3. Very few people drive enourmous SUV's in Germany.
     
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  4. Wow, so much for Germans being progressive on social issues. Do women drivers need to wear skirts, too?
     
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