I write in reply to the author of the letter complaining about a disabled driver parking in a parent and child parking bay (News Post Leader, December 19).
I’d like to enlighten the author as to the conditions that apply to the Blue Badge scheme.
The Blue Badge will help the holder park close to a destination, as a driver or passenger.
The badge is only automatically valid on-street, it does not automatically apply to off-street car parks.
Automatic qualification is:
• Higher rate DLA Mobility Component;
• Registered blind;
• War pension mobility supplement;
• Scotland and Wales – Enhanced mobility PIP or eight points or more on the ‘moving around’ criteria of PIP;
• England – Eight points or more on the ‘moving around’ criteria of PIP.
Other qualification criteria is:
• Permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult;
• Severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter.
Children under three, the parent may apply if:
• The child always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment;
• The child needs to be near the vehicle at all times.
To comment on a driver ‘not looking disabled’ is beyond belief and shows a clear lack of understanding as to what constitutes a disability.
My wife possesses a blue badge as she is registered blind but doesn’t ‘look disabled’ and is perfectly entitled to park in a disabled space when with me, when a space is available.
However, this doesn’t stop ignorant fools verbally and physically threatening us for daring to park where we are entitled to.
It’s getting so bad we often park away from disabled bays to avoid the abuse.
On private land such as supermarkets, enforcement of disabled parking bays is the responsibility of the land owner/operator, not members of the public abusing disabled people who suffer enough as it is.