Prevent selection of parent category when subcategory is present?

Is it possible to require users select a subcategory when present and prevent selecting the parent category when creating a new listing? I’d like to require users categorize their listings correctly rather than just dumping them in to the top level.

For example, we have a parent category: ‘VEHICLES’, and subcategories ‘CARS’ and ‘TRUCKS’. Users should be unable to place listings in ‘VEHICLES’ and instead be required to select either ‘CARS’ or ‘TRUCKS’.


This is how it works with listing categories by default. You can’t select a parent category until you select a child category.

For custom attribute selections, this is also possible, but it will require a custom implementation.

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