Findings from a new survey by on-line parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk indicate that more than 2.5 million Brits are flouting the use of disabled parking spots. Among the excuses given by motorists were that they were in a rush, they thought no-one would notice, they didn’t care and even that they felt there should be no special parking for Blue Badge holders.
However, the most common reason was that they simply did not realise it was a disabled parking spot, indicating that more prominent signage might be required at many places.
And according to the survey, there could be even more misusing these spaces than those admitting to it, as results also show that nearly two-thirds of people have seen someone else doing it.
But it’s not all doom-and-gloom, as more than a quarter of brave Brits would confront a disabled parking space offender.
As well as harsher financial penalties, including increasing the maximum fine to £5,000 to misusers of on-street disabled parking spaces, almost a quarter of those surveyed wanted a further punishment of three penalty points on a driving licence, while more than 1 in 10 backed the idea of community service.
There was also strong support that offenders be sent on a disability awareness course, with backing from almost a third of people, while a temporary driving ban of 3 months or less was welcomed by just under 5 per cent of respondents.