Paege bluebadge concesion

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  1. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    Mornin all, Does anyone know what the situation is regarding the blue badge concesion on French toll roads.
    For some years now I have had the consesion allowed on some stretches of the motorway,but not on others.
    If you have the blue badge they allow you to travel at group 1 instead of group 3,which is a huge saving as you can imagine when traveling the length of France on route to Spain.
    Is there a list somewhere that give the sections that give the concesion.
    Is it just down to the person in the box,whether they are having a bad day or not.
     
  2. GIBLA53

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    Thats a good post in our experience your last line seems the most likely "its up to the person manning the booth" as you have probably noticed there seems quite a move to automated booths where the previous concessions are impossible to get Al
     
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    Hi
    I am unsure in my mind why a blue badge holder should be eligible for toll concessions . As far as i am aware thet are not specific to individual vehicles and are open to abuse.They are handed out far to easily £5 and a form to your local council. Do wardens and toll booth operators really ensure that the blue badge holder is in every vehicle that claims the concession.
    I only mention this as i have 2 relations holding blue badges neither of them is any less able than me . I have borrowed a badge many times for hospital visiting and town centre shopping and have never been challenged mind you i do walk with a make believe limp when i get out out of the car
    Tongue in cheek
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    This has been our experience. We are usually turned down by middle aged men, we dont argue just accept what they say and move on. We count it as a bonus if we manage to get the reduction. A friend of ours argued the toss when he was coming home and after 10 minutes, honking horns from behind him and raised blood pressure; they eventually received the reduction. We considered it far too much hassle!

    Ginny and Mike
     
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    Well done wanderer! You have borrowed a blue badge many times to park in hospitals and town centres! Thats just great! l have a blue badge because l am disabled having had my leg amputated below the knee, and the amount of times l have had to walk distances at hospitals, and in town, is unbelievable because people with no disabilities, like you, take up disabled parking spaces! l only hope you never become really disabled, and have to put up with what l have to put up with, including abuse when l challenge people! DISABLED PARKING IS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE! NOT for someone who knows someone with a badge! And NOT for people with Range Rover Vogues who somehow feel that they are entitled to park in these spaces because there is more room. Even my wife will not use the badge if l am not with her! If ever anyone ever becomes really disabled, you will understand what l am ranting about! Please leave these spaces for the disabled!
    Craig.
     
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    I know that blue badges are not specific to the vehicle,but the vehicle must be registered disabled on the logbook,which mine is,to get the consesion.
    Dartford,Severn bridge,M6 toll all require the vehicle to be registered disabled.
    As regards to the `borrowing`of blue badges,this is exactly what gives genuine disabled people a bad press,and I condem the use of this practice.:Angry:
     
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    I was not aware that the car had to be registered disabled, my motor home is my cars not, I use the blue badge on both vehicles, I will have to look in to this as my understanding is slightly different, will find out and re post.

    Nick

    Just looked up the rules on the Swansea city web site and found this.

    The badge is designed to be displayed in any motor vehicle that is used for travel by a badge
    holder to claim the concessions detailed below.

    the link to the page is
    http://www.swansea.gov.uk/media/pdf...No_0017_-_BLUE_BADGE_Fact_sheet_(amended).pdf
     
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    I think you have missunderstood my post.
    To get the toll consesion,the vehicle has to be registered disabled.
    You of course can use your badge in any other vehicle you are traveling in,but you will not get the toll consesion.
     
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    Hi snowbird, yes I did miss the main plot, but I use my badge on the Severn bridge in any vehicle, including a Luton van when we moved my daughter, think the rules, as the link I posted are up to the operator in the UK, as for France I have found it not worth the bother and would rather use the A type roads.

    Nick
     
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    One of the toll men explained that we would not receive the concession because the motorhome did not appear to have been altered for disabled access.

    The next toll booth gave us the concessions without any problem.
     
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    to [roughly] quote the French parking signs on their disabled slots

    take my pitch, take my disability

    not tongue in cheek Wanderer - in fact seriously unfunny -
    if you think I'm joking - try living with a disability sometime - there's lots to choose from
     
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    I suffer from cerbral palsey and it makes me sick that people liike you think it is OK to pretend to be disabled. You have absolutely no ideaa what it is like having to park further away because SICK people like you think its funny to park in disabled bays.
     
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    I have driven through Dartford tunnel (although not recently) many times and it does all depend on the operator, some get out and check tax disc to see if car is taxed as disabled, others don't. Some give you slips to fill out for future use to save time, others say you have to be given and then complete the slip at the booth when needed.
     
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    Hi, Dartford has changed the rools last year.
    They dont give out the slips anymore.
    They now always get out of the booth,check the taxdisc,then fill the slip in for you to sign.
     
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    Thanks for the update. That must be a right pain for others if you end up hitting the tunnel at peak times.
     
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    Read the thread with interest because a disabled friend of mine is thinking of coming down to Portugal and was interested to know the peage rules. And what comes up?

    Wanderer's post...

    I was pretty fed up with the last two days' poor weather but I am even more fed up now.

    JJ
     
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    naw, that's not the right way to react, I'm lying here with flu - right off alcohol and coffee - my parents are 70 odd miles away and they're not doing so good either -

    but

    just put some bird food out and the garden looks lively again
    about to curl up with a good book that Santa brought
    discovered lots of good people in and around where my parents are

    and - the days are gradually getting longer


    this too will pass - remember

    :thumb:
     
  18. Snowbird

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    Hi JJ, Am afraid as most of the time we seem to be wandering off the original post.
    The disabled badge for some reason is a thorn in some peoples sides.
    I realy dont know why,am sure most disabled people would love to be fully able bodied,but there you go.
    My original post was regarding French toll roads,mainly becouse it affects me and many other disabled people.
    The difference in cost from class 1 to class 3 can run into quite a lot of money,especialy now with the exchange rate being as it is.
    If this post can help a disabled person enjoy there motorhome in the sun as an able bodied motorhomer does,it has served its purpose.
    If any able bodied people are offended by the disabled. TOUGH.
     
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    hi snowbird.
    slightly off topic.
    for crossing at dartford they now issue credit card size passes valid for 2 years.
    when i use ours you go through a manned booth (just in case) and the number plate recognition cameras let you through.
    if they don't you have your card.
    has worked for me.
    details can be found here

    http://www.dart-tag.co.uk/nossl/index.php?page=exemptscheme
     
  20. M&L

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    Back on topic we were told at several toll booths in France a couple of years ago now that they will not give any concession when travelling in motorhomes. Before this we did get the cheaper rate but it changed all of a sudden.
    I believe that the rules changed and you will be very lucky to get any reduction now, we have certainly stopped trying.
    Travelling down to Spain at the end of Jan though so may be worth trying again.
     

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