A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination, especially at their local supermarket. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge.
Disabled Motoring UK first launched its Baywatch Campaign in 2002. This campaign researches the level of disabled parking abuse at supermarkets, by asking disabled motorists to survey their local supermarket car park. Specifically, they count how many disabled bays are provided and how many cars that are parked in them without displaying a Blue Badge. The other information asked for is details of the type of enforcement (if any) carried out by the parking operator responsible for the car park. Details of the operator and enforcement should be displayed on the signage near the disabled bays.
When the survey closes the results are calculated, published and sent to the supermarkets to encourage them to work with the charity to improve their parking policies with regard to tackling disabled bay abuse by using effective enforcement. The Baywatch campaign also aims to change public attitudes by bringing to the attention of disabled bay abusers the impact that their actions can have.
Baywatch will take place throughout June 2017, where the charity will be asking people to survey supermarket car parks. To take part in the Baywatch Campaign all you need to do is download or complete the online survey form (available from 1 June) any time in the month of June. The survey and further information about Baywatch can be found at www.disabledmotoring.org/baywatch/baywatch-2017.
With help from members of the public Disabled Motoring UK will be able to collect this type of data which is a vital part of the process in understanding the problem at supermarkets. The results of the campaign will be published in the September edition of Disabled Motoring and on the charity’s website.