Disabled Parking Bays

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Do you use disabled parking bays with your blue badge in your motorhome when out on the road? Would you park overnight in a disabled bay, assuming there are no restrictions signposted?
 
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It all depends.
Although we use our Blue Badge all the time in our 6.9 Mt van and it's brilliant.
I don't like causing any obstruction and I'm happier if you can the Badge easily.
But - Yes I would - all things considered ;)
 

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If not causing a nuisance or an obstruction and if I needed to use the disabled space (either if I wasn't well or in the now unlikely event my parents were with us in the MH) then yes, I would use a disabled space. We use the disabled spaces when I take my Mum shopping in the car.

Overnight - if necessary (eg if I was really poorly) then yes, otherwise I'd probably find somewhere else to park up and leave the disabled space for someone who needs it more.
 
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What really winds me up is people ignoring the invalid signs and treating them a ordinary Very Good parking place.
Supermarkets are the worse because they are on private property and no one will enforce them.
It's mostly the younger idiots and and often asians that have no respect for us old dodderers.
My wife can't use regular parking bays now because she needs to be able the doors fully.
 
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Puddleduck

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What really winds me up is people ignoring the invalid signs and treating them a ordinary Very Good parking place.
I need an "agree" button.

Also the people who "borrow" blue badges!!! I had to be very firm with my Mum when she wanted me to use hers when it would have been illegal (or at least inconsiderate) for me to do so.

When I took Mum and Dad to a medical appointment there were no disabled spaces so I stopped (safely) as near to the entry ramp as I could, put Dad into his wheelchair and got Mum pushing him (she can use the chair as a walker). I then moved the car and parked in a normal space with blue badge on show. I asked the traffic warden (on his rounds) if I needed a ticket, he said not. I pointed out my car and my Mum and Dad on their way down the ramp. He made haste to check the cars in the disabled spaces and started to write tickets and take photos. Plenty of space when I moved the car to pick Mum and Dad from the top of the ramp :).

I have sympathy with parents and young children as they also need extra space and to be near an entrance.

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We use our Blue Badge in disabled spaces, mostly supermarkets, I get out grab a trolley, and TinaL uses it as a walker. I haven't had the guts to park & leave our 7.5mtr MH in a disabled spot yet, as I imagine most observers would think that we were abusing the facility, especially if it needed two parking bays. I know we have every right to use it, when needed, but I wouldn't want to return & find the van damaged in any way.

What angers us mostly are those people who use disabled spots just to be nearer the entrance of places, plus of course those who think disabled spots are a free for all in the evenings, because of course, we disabled, dont go out after cocoa at 6PM, do we?:mad:
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What really winds me up is people ignoring the invalid signs and treating them a ordinary Very Good parking place.
Supermarkets are the worse because they are on private property and no one will enforce them.
It's mostly the younger idiots and and often asians that have no respect for us old dodderers.
My wife can't use regular parking bays now because she needs to be able the doors fully.
I’m the same and need the doors fully open to get in and out. Last week we went to our local home bargains and the car in front of us pulled into the nearest available disabled bay to the door then got out and sprinted into the store as it was pouring down.
We parked further down and as we got to the trolley park there was a trolley attendant so I asked if they monitor the bays. He said they didn’t as such but if they saw someone using one without a badge they would ask them to move. He said he would hang around and see the lad when he came out and tell him he shouldn’t be using the bay without a badge.
As we walked towards the entrance there were 3 more parked in bays with no badge displayed. I would willingly give them my disability and badge if they gave me their mobility.

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What really winds me up is people ignoring the invalid signs and treating them a ordinary Very Good parking place.
Supermarkets are the worse because they are on private property and no one will enforce them.
It's mostly the younger idiots and and often asians that have no respect for us old dodderers.
My wife can't use regular parking bays now because she needs to be able the doors fully.
If the signs are invalid then why not ignore them? 😂😂😂😂. Or are they signs for invalids. In which case does that make invalid signs valid?🤪🤪😱😱. Isn’t language great? Funny too. I love how it works.
 

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It's mostly the younger idiots and and often asians that have no respect for us old dodderers.
From 2006 I was and still am given black looks on occasion by our elderly members of society even though I myself turn 60 next year.
I think some assume you need to be elderly and have grey hair to qualify as being disabled. :unsure:

Another thing is when you park your Discovery or even worse Range Rover in a disabled bay, some looks suggest a Mercedes doesn't belong either..... :giggler:
 
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I fully support the blue badge parking options, but I don’t like it when the badge holder appears to be the driver who then stays in the vehicle while able bodied passengers go shopping from closer to the door 🤔

This isn't allowed under the Blue badge scheme. If I'm driving and going to be sitting in the car waiting then I won't use. Disabled space. Only use it if I have to get out of the car. I have only used the blue badge twice whilst in the van both times in France. Both times to park in a disabled spot in an aire.
 

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Both Brenda and I have blue badges for parking and have had problems over the years with wrinklies thinking we have no right to park in "their" parking spaces. We have also had run ins with shameless youngsters with absolutely no social conscience using disabled bays. The best I reported on here before, where a car full of youngsters raced me to the last disabled bay. I parked across the back of their car and went about my business. I didn't have to say much on my return as a young lady in the car was letting rip at their driver for me. The store manager and staff thought it a brilliant way to get the message across

Back on topic, YES I have used a blue badge to park the motorhome many times, but would not use it as a personal camping space like the chap that spends his summer in a disabled bay on Ayr beach every year
 

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From 2006 I was and still am given black looks on occasion by our elderly members of society .
I used to get that - until they saw the wheelchair!

I once reported a white van parked in a disabled bay by phoning the number of the side of the van. It was a works van and I would have been happy to wait if they were unloading and had moved the van a few yards to an empty spot but after at least half an hour they hadn't re-appeared. So a phone call to their office - someone came out and shifted it. My daughter went into the space and the man came over with a face like thunder - so I asked very nicely if he would mind helping her with my wheelchair as it was rather heavy and cumbersome especially on the cobbles. He did and we got a very mumbled and shame faced apology.

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I fully support the blue badge parking options, but I don’t like it when the badge holder appears to be the driver who then stays in the vehicle while able bodied passengers go shopping from closer to the door 🤔
As I understand it that’s invalid use of a badge. It’s to enable the holder, whether driving or being driven easier access to a location.
The same regulation would to my mind would prevent the badge being used overnight if the holder didn’t need to leave the vehicle
 

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I think that if the driver is not the disabled person then the car should be moved to a "normal" space if practicable.
 
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I think that if the driver is not the disabled person then the car should be moved to a "normal" space if practicable.
I think that would be a step to far. What about all those disabled who need able bodied assistance once out of the car?

I do think that parking in a disabled space without a badge , and using a disabled badge fraudently should be made much more serious offences though.

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I used too but only for short term while shopping or visiting for the day, I wouldn’t camp in one though or probably the night as there would be better place for the night…

Although saying that I have done in France parked for the night in one…🤔
 
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Anyone else hear the term 'cashpoint cripple'?!

Thanks for all your input. On balance, in the right location and circumstances, I think I would overnight in a disabled bay. BUT may well prefer another location if possible.

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Puddleduck

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I think that would be a step to far. What about all those disabled who need able bodied assistance once out of the car?

I do think that parking in a disabled space without a badge , and using a disabled badge fraudently should be made much more serious offences though.

Moving the car after the disabled person has alighted is "where practicable" so if assistance was needed then no need to move the car. If an electric wheelchair involved and once the person with mobility issues has alighted (not all disabled people have mobility issues) then the car can / should be moved. I'm not saying moving the car is right or wrong it's just what I think I recall from the notes when the badges were issued. I'm pretty sure very few people do move.

And I agree about penalties for misuse of spaces and badges.
 
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I think that if the driver is not the disabled person then the car should be moved to a "normal" space if practicable.
We have a blue badge for FIL and use it when either of us are driving him, we need extra space for FIL's wheelchair and often in car parks only the disable spaces are free for blue badge holders so we consider it totally valid to use whenever he is with us.
 

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We have a blue badge for FIL and use it when either of us are driving him, we need extra space for FIL's wheelchair and often in car parks only the disable spaces are free for blue badge holders so we consider it totally valid to use whenever he is with us.

Exactly. It depends on what is practicable and what isn't.

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My daughter is quadriplegic and needs a wheelchair, when we travel in the MoHo this is kept in the garage as it is not fold able or collapsible. We have a wheelchair adapted vehicle (WAV) but is not avaible when we are in the MoHo. I do use the Blue Badge, paying respect to not placing my vehicle were it would affect other drivers etc. In car parks I take two spaces and often check if that is ok, in the end it all a matter of consideration for each other, and hopefully understanding of each others needs. I have met nasty people who have said awful things about my daughter but this is mainly when she is out and about in her wheelchair.
 
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