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Drivers want crackdown on fraudulent disabled bay use

A majority of drivers want to see people who misuse disabled and baby parking bays in car parks to be named and shamed in public.

Others say that banning anti-social parkers from shops would be another way of preventing them for blocking spaces for drivers with special needs, a Yorkshire-based car leasing provider has found.

However, there may be some reluctance on the part of both store operators and local authorities due to the potential of bad publicity if somebody is wrongly accused, the Flexed.co.uk car lease company says.

"Even the most mild-mannered shopper's blood boils at the sight of somebody parking in a disabled bay who marches off like there's nothing wrong with them," said Flexed.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall.

"It's important that genuine offenders are somehow stopped from doing it again."

Flexed.co.uk asked over 800 drivers about what would be a fitting way to deal with restricted bay offenders:

92% said they should be named-and-shamed in public
83% said they should be fined
65% said they should be banned from the shop or shops involved
54% said the "punishment" should be the same irrespective of whether it was on public or private land

While there's clearly public appetite to shaming drivers who flout parking rules, there are practical difficulties in making it a reality, according to Hall, most notably in making sure you've got the right person.

"Both councils and supermarkets will be reluctant to paste faces or number plates up in public because they don't want bad publicity if somebody is accused by mistake. Some people don't have obvious disabilities, and that is bound to lead to problems," he said.

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  • Rob Jones - 11/09/2015 12:05

    As a fairly new parent I've become increasingly aware of the lack of available Parent+Child parking bays, especially in Supermarket car parks. In my limited experience I think this is due to 3 things: 1) More disabled spaces available than needed (many are always empty) but this might be a quote legislation I'm not aware of. 2) Not enough Parent & Child bays full stop! 3) Drivers parking in either of these bays without appearing to be disabled or indeed go shopping with a child in tow I personally would like Supermarkets to police their car parks better, and have the guts to take action against Drivers who misuse these bays. Surely any 'bad' PR would ignored by any rationale adult with an ounce of common sense?

  • Robberg118 - 11/09/2015 14:11

    Parent & Child places? Don't get me started. Disabled are fine but having a child is a choice.

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