Why protect disabled bays?



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.

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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.

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         peugeot-E7-ramp-700  wheelchair-accessible-vehicle

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!

This website is paid for by Chris & Emma Welch. If you wish to make a donation to help towards it’s upkeep then please use the secure PayPal link on our contact page . Donations are most welcome and will always only be used for this cause.


7 thoughts on “Why protect disabled bays?

  1. Thank you for such a good website, I have today had a row with an interlink driver parked in a disabled bay. I have reported him to the midlands regional manager who assures me action will be taken against the driver and a written reminder issued to all drivers that they do not park in these bays or over dropped curbs.
    I am my husbands carer and he is a fulltime wheelchair user after a brain haemorrhage.


    1. Thank you for your support! Have you signed our petition? There’s a link to the right. We’re trying to get government to protect the rights of those who need these bays.


      1. Yes Chris, signed by me and my husband and have copied it on my Twitter feed.
        Have calmed down now after my altication with interlink, but we shouldn’t have to go through this just to get a space we need.


  2. So glad someone is trying to combat the ‘I only popped in for some milk quickly’ attitude most non disabled people have. I have a blue badge but I have only ever used it when there is a hill in my not so distant future. There are never enough spaces wide enough to accommodate disabled users as it it, let alone enough for people who need the extra width because of adaptations. My sister currently is using a Turny seat from the rear of a Galaxy so between that and the room needed for transfer we just about squish between cars at the best of time.
    I have signed the petition, and will pass it on to others. Good luck with it all


  3. I have noticed at motorway service stations anywhere between a half and two thirds of disabled bays have cars in them not displaying a blue badge, but I have never seen any security staff doing anything about it. I have also found the position of disabled spaces is not always the closest to the door of the services. In South Mimms for example they have converted the closest five or six spaces into charging bays for electric vehicles. So the site owners think people charging cars need to be closer to the door than disabled people! The first three spaces always have a cover over the charging point, presumably because they don’t work, so I park there and put the blue badge up as normal.

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