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Article from Daily Mail today.

Hundreds of thousands of prime parking spaces in shopping centres are unused because of a legal obligation to provide four times as many disabled bays than are actually needed.

Supermarkets, shopping centres and leisure centres must allocate up to 6 per cent of their parking bays for disabled badge holders - even though just 1.4 per cent of the population is registered disabled.

This means the priority spaces - which must be near to an entrance to shops are rarely full, while millions of mothers and fathers with young children.

Unlike disabled bays, there is no legal requirement to provide these.
There is also no law protecting their use, meaning drivers without young children can take advantage of them. Some stores have wardens who try to fine single drivers for parking in these spaces
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But the culprits are hard to catch because they have to be spotted during the brief period when they get out of or back into their cars.
Disabled drivers have large blue badges which can be left on the dashboard. This makes it clear who can use the bays and easier to fine those who should not be.

Campaigners are furious at the number of vacant disabled bays and believe more should be done to tilt the balance in favour of drivers with young children.
Mother-of-two Sally Russell, cofounder of Netmums, said: 'Our spaces don't necessarily have to be at the front of car parks, but they have to be wider than conventional spaces to get pushchairs and prams alongside our cars.

'We've been trying to get some of the big supermarkets to clamp down on people who shouldn't be parking in these spaces.
'The problem is the only way to do this is by having someone dedicated to monitoring the spaces and I appreciate that this is expensive.
'It has been particularly difficult this year, probably because the bad weather encourages people to sneak into parent and child spaces.'
Shopping and leisure centres must provide 6 per cent of their spaces for the disabled if their car parks contain less than 200 spaces.

For car parks with more than 200 spaces, 4 per cent must be allocated for the disabled.
Some supermarkets, such as Asda and Sainsbury's, allocate as many spaces for parents with young children as they do for disabled drivers. But many are vague about the number of parent and child spaces they have when questioned.

A Morrisons spokesman said: 'A minimum provision of 2 per cent of total parking spaces is designated for parent and toddler parking, but where space allows it and there is demand provision is higher.'
Attempts by stores to clamp down on drivers who abuse the system are equally varied.
Tesco said it had tried issuing fines but found too many drivers were able to appeal them.
Some of its stores now name and shame drivers by reading out car number plates over tannoys.
Sainsbury's has started issuing £50 fines in some stores - availability of parent and child spaces has improved by 70 per cent as a result.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: 'Without the blue badge scheme, everyday activities like going shopping would be more difficult for the 2.3million users.
'The recommendation, which is based on independent research, ensures that blue badge holders can use this vital lifeline.'
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Whats your viewpoint on this?

Do you reckon we should start another call for DISABLED BAYS FOR CHILDREN Big Grin

My view on this is that disabled bays should take priority at all times and it is essential there are sufficent bays.
The article does make me laugh as it gives the impression that there are disabled bays begging to be filled all over the UkHuh

I happen to know whatever carpark i go to im driving round a few times waiting for a bay...
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i have to say i agree with you in that disabled spaces are not as unused as they are saying, cant say i look to much at the parent and child spaces but apart from non market days there is never a spare space. if they then take away more normal spaces and give them to parent and child just where is everyone else supposed to park?? in the next town? i went shopping this afternoon and only managed to get a space in a normal spot (didnt have matt with us) by glaring at the bloke who thought he could push into the space i was waiting for, other times i have drove around a few times before i drop on one and i have seen empty parent and child spaces but wont use them.
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if they are going to quote percentages where is the percentage of ppl that dont drive, or have one car per family or live near enough to walk to the supermarket/ shopping centre? i think that would even up the 1.2% disabled to 6% disabled parking bays
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I was quite annoyed when I read that article this morning.
There appears to be more of a bias in that article toward parent and child parking spaces. It is just adding fuel to the parent v disabled bays you always see cropping up on Netmums.

The disabled bays where I shop are quite hard to get. As they are by the cash machines people park in them when they pop out for cash. I have never seen staff check the cars have badges in them.
People reading an article like this are just going to assume they can get away with that sort of thing all the more.
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perhaps i am a bit of a cow but i didnt even start driving until matt was 3 and we went everywhere by bus (before lowfloor keep your buggies up buses) or walking. we used to do a 2 mile walk to nearest supermarket then had to get bus back as had about 7 bags and a v steep hill and the buggy falling over but we did this in all weathers. now it seems they want to park right next to the shop, what next get an assistant to push the trolley round for them?, they seem to moan when the tannoy asks them to put their Children in the seats rather than letting them stand in the trolley or hang of the end of it and fall off and start blarting

hmmmm guess i should stop doing my food shop on a saturday hehe
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