More MS news articles for July 2001

Supermarkets to enforce parking spaces

Posted: 25.06.2001

Major supermarket chains have agreed to take part in talks about enforcing special parking spaces for disabled people.

Tesco, Safeway, Asda and Sainsbury's have agreed to meet with the British Polio Fellowship (BPF), which joined a new parking campaign group in June.

The Baywatch group is demanding a crackdown on disabled parking space abuse and blue badge abuse in general.

People are being asked to fill in a supermarket parking questionnaire to back up the campaign's calls for action. All Baywatch members have now called for a meeting with the stores in September.

The news of Baywatch's first success comes as TV celebrity Michael Aspel, whose 20-year-old son Patrick has cerebral palsy, announced his backing.

He said: "Days out with my disabled son are regularly spoilt by the selfishness of able-bodied drivers. I'm giving Baywatch campaign my heartfelt support."

An RAC survey recently found that 80 per cent of disabled drivers want fines of up to £1,000 for badge abuse.

Baywatch also involves the Disabled Drivers' Motor Club and the Disabled Drivers' Association.

Andrew Kemp, BPF chief executive, said the four supermarkets had all agreed to talks after a report by the charity found problems with awareness of enforcement policies among store managers.

Mr Kemp said: "We have got as near as you can get to an admission that things are not right and a commitment to putting things straight."

The Baywatch group is planning a parking award scheme for the best supermarket.

The campaign got off to a good start when 430 people filled in its questionnaire at the Mobility Roadshow at Crowthorne in June.

For a copy of the questionnaire, tel: 020 7619 7323.