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 we ask 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.

No enforcement can lead to tragic consequences, such as in December 2013 when Brian Holmes was killed after being punched by Alan Watts in the Asda car park in Biggleswade following a dispute over a disabled parking bay. This case is a tragic example of what can happen when people try to police disabled bays themselves.

Baywatch 2017

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 our online survey form any time in the month of June.

The downloadable form and online survey will be available from 1st June 2017.

With help from members of the public we will be able to collect this type of data which is a vital part of the process in understanding the problem at supermarkets. We’d like to thank you in advance for your participation. The results of the campaign will be published in the September edition of Disabled Motoring and on the charity’s website.

supporting organisations

 

There is still time to get involved, please contact the charity if you would like to  be a supporting organisation.