Dear vehicle drivers in Britain,
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what a Disabled Badge is and what it represents.
In Britain a Disabled Badge is a Blue badge with an outline of a person sitting in a wheelchair; this is white in colour.
Who is entitled to it?
People who have severe walking abilities, any person who uses a wheelchair, people who need the space to remove medical equipments – such as an oxygen tank, and those with sensory impairments.
I think others may be entitled to it, but it’s an assessment of entitlement application.
What it represents.
So now that you know who is entitled to use it, I guess you’ll want to know why?
That Mr Driver is simple: the person who owns a Blue Badge is entitled to use disabled bays in all carparks, (amongst other places which I won’t get into now).You know that wider space near the front of a shopping centre or Supermarket? The ones with the big white outline of the disabled person in a wheelchair? it relates to them parking in that specific space.
So why am I telling you this? Surely it’s obvious right?
The disabled space is there for a disabled person. just like a Parent and Child space, it is for Parent’s with young Children.
It’s such a simple thing to comprehend isn’t it?
You would think so anyway…
Just this past week I have encountered 2 very strange scenarios:
A Taxi driver parked in 2 disabled bays.
Did he have a Blue Badge you may ask
The answer is no.
He was waiting to pick up a passenger from the Supermarket. He made it nice and convenient for the person and their shopping to pack their things into the vehicle.
Very kind of him some may say.
I see it as inconsiderate, disrespectful and clearly not Law abiding.
He may have been picking up a disabled passenger you may think.
Yes that could be the case, but this is a regular occurrence at this particular supermarket, so my opinion is that surely every person that calls a taxi firm from this supermarket cannot all be disabled? I visit the supermarket regularly but at different times of the day and week, there really isn’t that many disabled people where I live, and I know quite a few of them haha. I would also like to point out, that even if this taxi driver did happen to be picking up a disabled passenger, he still was not parking in a singular disabled bay, he was parked over 2! Secondly, you are not allowed to park in a disabled bay unless you have a blue badge on show, that still goes for if he was picking up a disabled passenger, he is still obstructing two spaces that two separate disabled people might need to use As well as not following the Laws of the road. .
Airgo the Taxi driver was making his life easier, rather than thinking of the reasons why it’s a disabled space in the first place, and how he may be hindering on a disable persons’right to parking there.
The second situation, again happened in a Supermarket Car park.
A man was parked diagonally across 2 disabled bays. sitting in the car with the headlights on, and no Blue Badge displayed.
Now Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t know about you but that seemed like pretty disabled parking to me.
My Partner and I decided to approach the vehicle and speak to the man.
*knock on the passenger window*
Car door opens slightly.
Gary: “Excuse me mate you’re not meant to park here
*Confused look and slight nod from the driver as he shuts his door*
Me: “What did he say?”
Gary: “Nothing, I’m not sure he understood me,he gave a little nod and shut the door.”
Me: “So is he moving his car?”
Gary: “Umm it seems not… I don’t think he knows English very well.””
Me: “Let’s knock back on the door and tell him to move then.”Attempting to move closer to the car.
Gary:No, just leave it. I don’t think he understood what I was saying.” *Moving me swiftly away from the car*
Me: “”I don’t care whether or not he understands English or not. He’s parked diagonally across 2 disabled bays without a blue badge. It’s bloody ridiculous, the disabled wheelchair sign is a worldwide thing i’m sure, if you can’t speak the language you can atlas see and understand the picture.”
*I decide to take matters into my own hands and speak with customer service. What should have taken about a minute took us about 6-7. This was because when we finally got to the front of the queue, the cashier phoned to get the manager to come deal with our complaint, who then informed us She would ask security to go and investigate and get them to move.
I don’t know whether or not the security guard got to the vehicle in time, or if during our wait the driver went home. Needless to say, I believe in rectifying a situation.
So lovely drivers of Britain, if you are parked in a disabled bay without the displaying a blue badge, I will approach your car and ask you to move, and if you don’t I will put a complaint into the Supermarket.
You need to be named and shamed for your disgraceful behaviour. Maybe if you knew someone personally who needed that space, you’d understand just how important they are to the badge holder.
You have no badge, therefore you do not get to park in the disabled bays.
I am also investing in buying stickers to slap to the windshield of cars, hopefully with the tagline: You’re not disabled, but your parking clearly is.
Who knows, it might be me you next encounter…
You have been warned 🙂