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  1. Gazza333

    Gazza333 Funster Life Member

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    hi unfortunately looks like we are getting a disabled blue badge due to the wife's condition. Now never having one before what's the advantages / uses for when we are in the motorhome ?

    1. I've heard cheaper toll road fees when in France if the operators allow it .
    2. Free use of the seven toll bridge into Wales

    What other little known facts .

    I think I can park safely on double yellow lines ?
    What about Blackpool promenade ? Can't usually park motorhome said but with badge ?


    Just wondering really , not looking to take the pee. Would rather we didn't need one and wife was better

    Gary
     
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    Time limit on Double Yellows and you still can't park on them if there's 'No Loading' markers there. (Lines at right angles to the road on the edge of the pavement.
    Beware of the Local Authorities who still charge for Blue Badge holders in their car parks. Not all of them give freebies unless, (and here I quote Cornwall Council) the vehicle has a Vehicle Excise Licence at the Nil Rate, How would they know???
     
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    in cornwall you have to notify them your reg number etc then parking in council car parks is free.
     
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    Hhumm ! No rfl discs anymore..??
     
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    DVLA access!!!
     
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    Re tax I photocopy the v5
    Re yellow lines, a book should come with your first blue badge if not the details are on line.
    I also carry translations of blue badge doc laminated when travelling. These are downloadable from aa or rac I can't remember which
     
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    regardless of dvla . in cornwall county council car parks they do issue penalties if you havnt registered your vehicle as disabled with them.
    it really is daft but believe me they do issue penalties .
    yes they could check but dont its your responsibilty to register. all their carparks have signs telling you the score.
     
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    I don't see why it should be free to park because you are disabled. What you need is a wide bay usually to enable you to access your vehicle easily..I can understand it being free if you are financially challenged but that can be true even if your not disabled. BUSBY.
     
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    That sounds good I'll go search for them
     
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    I'm new to all this unfortunately. My take is that I need to park very close to shops ,banks etc. no problem paying just that wife can't walk very far so hence need to be as close as possible. I understand the parking on double yellows to allow me to park closer . I'd happily pay for parking close though
     
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    I agree with your sentiments @busby ref. paying to park when you have a blue badge , I do have a blue badge and its my best ever benefit .it allows me to park near to where I need to shop .I/would not be concerned if the free parking was stopped ,the way I look at it is if you can afford to run a vehicle you can afford to pay for parking..also I believe that if free parking was scrapped the abuse of the badge by non disabled persons would diminish..
     
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    It can be that you can't use the bay's unless you fit the criteria.
    Sometimes also the only parking near where you want/need to be and unfortunately everything takes longer! I agree re costs but I believe they do it so wheelchair users or those with more severe disabilities can utilise these spaces, believe you me I'd rather not.
     
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    Agree,,my problem is getting in and out of the vehicle,,i have to have my door wide open. The walking i don't mind once i am out and moving,,BUSBY.
     
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    Same here but worse case scenario is if someone blocks the blinkin wheelchair door! Blue badge is a great scheme and I've noticed better policing of it as of late.
     
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    i dont find any need to do anything than put the card in the window when abroad . even morocco accepts blue badges as disabled parking .
    i often used the badge there . always had interest specially if i had the trailer hitched up.
     
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    Interestingly Lincoln seems to have taken that point onboard in their short term carparks...
    You pay the same as everyone else - just get twice as long.
    1h = 2h
     
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    Free Dartford crossing too.
     
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    The new application form asks for three registration numbers, though you can use any vehicle. If you add the MH to that list, it's very handy in situations as you describe, because they can check any badge number to your notified three.
     
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    The "Blue Badge" is for the use of the disabled person ONLY. Technically it is not allowed if the person to whom it is issued does not exit the vehicle!. So "nipping to the bank" with the disabled person sat in the car is ABUSE!. You can be Fined for causing an obstruction regardless, so watch very carefully where you do park on the "double yellows" and never where it`s "Loading Only", (besides it upsets us old lorry drivers!!). Nothing worse than finding 3 "blue badges" on the loading bay!!, and having to "tip" in the middle of the road!. (Boyes Bridlington). As for "free parking" well, most often it is those who are worse off, but have a "motobility" vehicle, but who are the ones who have the lowest disposable incomes, they have mobility, at a price, and it would be far too costly thereby defeating the object, to fiscally assess all badge users. (and beside who really wants another tier of bureaucrats sat on their fat arses, to "manage"?)

    As for Cornwall. what happens with Visitor cars then?. Do all the "Grockles" have to spend half a day of their holidays registering?

    Pete
     
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    i know a few years ago cornwall got me in staustell . luckily i had just returned from abroad i didnt know that cornwall council had altered its rules i was in my mazda bongo with ordinary tax . it was when we had discs . i sent them in a copy of the ferry tickets and as they issue my blue badge i questioned them . i got let off . but doesnt matter what vehicle you drive the disability doesnt get more or less .
    i get alsorts of grief if on my motor bike . .in our local asda the lady carpark warden knows my truck . she says every time if i park in a disabled bay someone tells the manager there is a break down truck parked wrong . we do laugh about it .
     
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