What is the Baywatch Campaign?
The Baywatch Campaign seeks to:
Stop the abuse of parking bays designed and provided for disabled people in supermarket car parks by changing the attitudes of the general public.
Work with supermarkets to ensure there is adequate provision of well designed and sufficient numbers of parking bays for disabled people.
In June 2014 DMUK will be running a Baywatch survey where disabled people go to their local supermarket and record how many people have parked in an accessible bay without displaying a Blue Badge. The survey results are then collated and the results publicised.
When the Baywatch campaign was first launched in 2002 not one supermarket was committed to ensuring that accessible bays were not abused. The first survey revealed that one in four disabled bays at supermarkets were being abused, but it wasn’t until 2007 that Asda became the first supermarket to implement fining for disabled bay abusers.
The number of people abusing disabled bays has reduced slightly since the first survey in 2002 and we believe this is because Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have all introduced fining in at least some of their stores. The last survey was carried out in 2012 and the supermarket with the least amount of abuse was Morrisons and Tesco was the worst supermarket for abuse.