This is the official website for the campaign to stop the abuse of disabled parking bays here in the UK. We feel it shouldn’t matter where the parking bay is located, it should be protected for those that need it. We want the law changed to stop this selfishness, and with this in mind we have petitioned government a number of times.
For many disabled drivers a car affords them the freedom and independence that their disability takes away from them. It allows them to take part in activities they normally would find impossible to do. However, through campaigning and greater awareness it was realised that disabled drivers needed more suitable parking located nearer to entrances.
Unfortunately many able bodied drivers (all around the globe) feel that they are entitled to use this provision for whatever reason, be it a quick trip to the cash point, or parking in it after 6pm because why would a disabled person need a space then?
So why are we fighting to protect these spaces? What does it matter if an able bodied driver uses one for just a few minutes?
Many disabled drivers suffer from limited energy or painful recriminations from any activity, which means they have no choice but to budget their time and energy for the day. I often refer people to what is called the spoon theory. You can read about that here.
The long and the short of it is this; most people start the day with an unlimited amount of possibilities, and energy to do whatever they desire, especially young people. For the most part, they do not need to worry about the effects of their actions. As an example, when you have M.E, or lupus or similar you are very limited – you must budget your time and energy or you end up in bed (there are times when this happens anyway despite one’s best efforts).
Surely common courtesy and common sense, would tell anyone with a conscience that this must be reason enough to respect disabled parking bays and allow those that need them to have the access they require. But there’s more. You see as someone who uses crutches and a wheelchair I can confirm that you need a much wider space in order to ease your self safely out of the car and in to your chair, or simply to stand up using sticks or crutches. Not to mention getting an assistance dog, or children out whilst managing these mobility aids. Without the extra space you simply have to turn around and go home, or take the risk of parking up in a parent and child space and hope your car is not vandalised.
We are also yet to mention WAV’s – Wheelchair Access Vehicles. The pictures below highlight why these vehicles require extra space. The problem is most marked disabled bays are not big enough for these vehicles – but that is a discussion for another day.
So the long and the short of it is this; unless you are a registered blue badge holder you should not be using a marked disabled space – even if you are a disabled person, no badge no park. These provisions are for those unable to walk distance, people who really need them, disabled drivers and their carers.
Want My Space? Take My Disability!
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