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…
Unfortunately not.
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 🙂

25 comments on “You’re Not Disabled, But Your Parking Clearly is!”

  1. when we were trying to get parked at the hospital, there was a lady sat in her car with 2 children in the back- she was in a disabled parking spot. I went over to ask her if she was due to leave and noticed there was no blue badge on display. I asked her politely if she had a blue badge as she was in a disabled parking spot, the foul language that came out of her mouth turned the air blue- in front of her young children as well, so be prepared to be abused!

    • Hi Liz,
      Good on you for approaching the car owner! I’m sorry to hear you got a mouthful of abuse, that’s disgusting: especially when she had children in the car! Personally I would have gone into the hospital and spoken with someone about that , Or I probably would have given some abuse back – reporting her to the local council… But that is me, and each to their own. If you do not wish to say anything, or, if you do and then get a mouthful of abuse it may put you off approaching the next person in future period
      Thanks again for your comment! 🙂

  2. Hey! I totally get the frustration but saying that you didn’t see any other disabled people in the supermarket disregards those with invisible disabilities & chronic illnesses.

    For example, I have Joint Hypermobility Syndrome & Fibromyalgia. This limits my mobility. I don’t use a walking stick as doing so would cause my arm joints to dislocate & I don’t use a wheelchair because it’s important for me to walk as much as possible (which varies from 2 minutes to 25 depending on the day ). I’m still disabled!

    • Hi,
      Thank you for leaving a comment it’s much appreciated. I did think the same thing after I had posted my blog but I was trying to highlight the fact that the taxi driver was parking in a disabled space. Not just one but two! just so he could be right next to the door. This is not the first time I have seen this happen and therefore my conclusion leads me to believe that the passenger probably was not disabled in any way. I put my hands up that I may, on this occasion be wrong. I too have a chronic illness: I have severe arthritis. I also have a invisible illness: I am also blind, if I choose not to use my cane, and I no longer own a wheelchair any, I too could be seen as a person with *no problems.* I sincerely hope this comment, or, my blog post has not offended you. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
      Much love, Sassy x

  3. I work in a supermarket and where I work apparently there is not much they can do if inconsiderate people park in disabled/mother&baby spaces. They don’t have parking attendents or no enforcement to make sure the rules are abided by and the spaces are only there to be another service to customers that need them. So basically people can park where they want! I am guessing this happens everywhere. xx
    #abitofeverything

    • Oh wow that has annoyed me finding that out! So a security guard can’t go over and tell them to move? If that’s the case in future i’m going to take a picture of the cars dash board and it’s reg plate and send it off to the local council!
      Do you know what infuriates me more? My partner got a parking ticket a few weeks ago. we were parked in a disabled bay, correctly, badge on display and had only been there for 30 minutes, and the parking rules allowed us to park there for up to 3 hours. And we got a bloody ticket! What made it worse is Gary saw the parking attendant analysing the car next to us in that 30 minute window, as he decided to put the heavy shopping in the car instead of carrying it about all morning… Even when you want the law to be on your side you have idiot parking attendants who apparently don’t know how to read signs and do their own job!
      Thanks for sharing your comment 🙂 xxx

    • Hey,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I completely forgot about idiots like John Terry! I remember reading that in the News and having a massive rant about it! xxx

  4. This boils my blood when I see people abusing the disabled parking spots, especially considering how few of them there generally are! If you don’t have a genuine disability, it really isn’t that hard to walk the extra couple of feet parking in a regular spot entails!
    Thanks for linking up to #effitfriday
    Debbie

    • Hey Debbie,
      I couldn’t agree with you more! Back when I could see I used to check every car parked in a disabled bay to make sure they had a badge! On a few occasions over the years my parents would write notes and tuck them under the windshield to the inconsiderate drivers! xxx

  5. I thought was going to be a post about disabled parking only being for wheel chair users and I was planning a whole outraged spiel about how some disabilities are invisible lol. But after reading the post it is clear that you already know that and I agree with what you have written whole heartedly. Good for you for saying something and investing in the stickers you mentioned to slap on windscreens sounds like a fab idea 🙂

    Visiting from #BloggersClubUK

    • Hey Janine,
      Thanks so much for your comment, and being honest that you were going to give me a telling off haha!
      Yes there are so many invisible disabilities out there!
      I love Lee Evans the comedian and he makes a jokey but valid point on disabled drivers/ people parked in disabled bays: He essentially says you stare at a person pulling into a disabled parking bay, and watch them open the door… What are you expecting? Them to just fall flat onto the pavement?

      It’s funny but true i think 🙂
      #BloggerClubUK

  6. This really makes me angry. I have a degenerative condition that is quickly getting worse (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with severe hypermobility) and I don’t use a disabled spot because I don’t have a badge (although it’s a very real possibility in the not-too-distant future). It’s just common sense, isn’t it? No badge, no spot. People always say “Oh but there’s like ten free spaces, ten disabled people aren’t going to show up in the half hour I’m in the shop”. No but ten more people with attitudes like yours might!! Great post x

    • Hey,
      It really is infuriating isn’t it? Sorry that your condition is degenerative, make sure you get all the help and assistance you deserve; there are too many people out there scamming the system and yet the people that need extra support don’t have a clue on where to go or what to ask for.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂 xxxFantastic comment there at the end, I couldn’t agree more!

  7. Oh this is something that infuriates me too – especially when they take up more than one space. I used to get cross when I saw people who didn’t appear to be disabled parking in a disabled space. I’m now much more aware of “invisible” disabilities though so look for the blue badge first before I’m tempted to challenge someone over it. I really wish sometimes though that people would just think and be a little more considerate to people who need these spaces.

    • Hey Louise,
      Thank you for leaving a comment 🙂
      Yes you’re right, but it’s great someone such as yourself are willing to challenge the inconsiderate people who do decided to take up a space that they do not need.
      I fully agree with you, I just wish people took a moment to think about the consequences that could have on a disabled driver/ passenger. Sometimes people are too caught up in their own world that they think it’s OK, i’ll only be 10 minutes.
      xxx

  8. This is so frustrating. All bad parking annoys me to be honest. Whether it’s disabled bays, parent and child bays, blocking drives, parking on the pavement is another big one. It blocks mobility scooters, buggys and creates a big hazard for blind and partially sighted people. Some people can be so inconsiderate, well done for challenging them.

    #abitofeverything

    • Hey Natalie,
      Oh yes, all bad parking stresses me out! As I’m blind, bad parking such as being on the pavement is a major blood boiler for me, I live on a street where almost every car does it! Just yesterday, my cane (the white stick) got caught between the kerb and the car wheel, I had to really yank it as it was stuck badly!
      Sadly people don’t think!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 xxx

  9. Oh, yes, some people definitely need the slapping of stickers! That’s a great idea. And I do get very annoyed when I see these sort of inconsiderate behaviour. Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    • It’s such a pain, especially when there are limited spaces for disabled parking spots. I now need to find somewhere to make and print these stickers to slap to peoples’ windshields! 😉 xxx

    • Hey Rosie,
      This sounds like a fantastic deterrent! We should definitely have these signs in Britain!
      Thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂 xxx

  10. Oh, how frustrating! It’s disappointing to see people parking wherever they like. I get really annoyed seeing people without kids park in the parent & child parking spots. It’s very selfish. It’s too bad you had such a frustrating experience trying to get that car moved. Thanks so much for linking up with #BloggerClubUK

    • Hey Becky,
      Yeah that is really annoying to see too… If you are able bodied and don’t have a badge, or a young child, you should park in the many other bays available in Supermarkets etc, it’s inconsiderate!
      Thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂 xxx

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