UK Supermarkets Failing Blue Badge Holders

Tue 27th Aug 2019

A new survey has found that the UK’s biggest supermarkets are failing to enforce blue badge parking laws leaving many disabled motorists without a bay to park in.

Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) asked their members to check out their local supermarket and record their observations, with almost 800 people sending in their results over the month of June. The survey found that while a typical supermarket provides 15 blue badge spaces, on average three of those are taken up by motorists without a badge.

Focusing on the UK’s biggest four supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

Tesco had the highest number of blue badge abuses, with 24 per cent of bays being misused, Morrisons were the lowest at 10 per cent.

With a change in the law on Blue Badge eligibility, there is expected to be an increase in Blue Badge users, putting additional pressure on the spaces across the UK.

Heidi Turner, communications & campaigns director at Disabled Motoring UK, said: “It’s time that supermarkets start taking the issue of disabled parking abuse seriously. They are failing their disabled customers by not enforcing disabled bays.

“Our campaign has shown that enforcement works and disabled bays are less abused if the public see that they are actively enforced. The charity calls on all supermarkets to use proper enforcement practices in all of their store car parks.”