Three out of four Blue Badge holders prevented from parking by inconsiderate drivers

Published 23 October 2020

Inconsiderate drivers are causing parking issues for Blue Badge holders and parents by misusing parking bays, new research from Churchill Motor Insurance reveals.

According to a sample of 2000 UK adults, Blue Badge holders are also finding it increasingly difficult to find a parking space, with more than three in four drivers (77 per cent) saying they were unable to leave their car in a designated bay because it was filled by a driver that didn’t qualify to park there.

Anyone caught parking in a disabled bay without a Blue Badge or misusing one could get a £1000 fine and have the Blue Badge confiscated.

64 per cent of those surveyed have been prevented from parking in parent and child bays by drivers without kids. A third (33 per cent) of people surveyed think it's acceptable to park in a parent and child spot despite not having a young child with them at the time, while 23 per cent believe a disabled bay is fair game even if they don’t have a Blue Badge.

A further 32 per cent feel it is acceptable to park in restricted parking areas such as on double yellow or crossed and zig-zag lines.

People are prepared to park in restricted bays during unsociable hours when they think the space wouldn’t be required (20 per cent) and when they are only parking for a short amount of time (10 per cent). On average, the surveyed driver said it was okay to park in disabled bays if it was for less than 15 minutes.

Other popular reasons for misusing spaces included when drivers are in a rush, don’t think traffic wardens are patrolling or simply because a bay is empty when they arrive.

Jane Morgan, Marketing Manager for Churchill car insurance, commented: "We would urge motorists to think about the consequences of their actions if they choose to park in a space they don’t need. The last thing families with young children or people with disabilities need when visiting locations is to worry if they will be able to park."


Engineer Andy    on 24 October 2020

The headline for this article is completely misleading - in my view, it implies that 75% of the time, blue badge holders cannot get a designated space because they are taken by non-blue badge holders. The reality is that the survey said that at some point, 75% of respondents said they haven't been able to get a space because they were taken - not all the time.
Besides, this is hardly 'news' to most of us.

conman    on 24 October 2020

As the government has extended the number people allowed to obtain a Blue Badge No wonder there is a shortage of bays. I personally think that physically disabled people have more of a right to the blue badges. My mother had a blue badge and she was severely disabled was in a wheelchair so unable to walk and at times people that parked in these areas with badges didn't have a problem walking. I think the priority for spaces should be given to wheelchair users to allow them to get in and out of their cars as they usually need more room. After all if you look at the markings the picture is of a person in a wheelchair.

Edited by conman on 24/10/2020 at 13:20

Engineer Andy    on 26 October 2020

I've often seen people doing shopping on behalf of blue badge holders (e.g. an elderly parent) use them when doing shopping by themselves (whether for the relative or not), which is not what they are supposed to be used for.

Saw one guy tool up in his low-slung, gull-winged BMW i8 - NO WAY was he disabled in any way, yet he displayed a blue badge in the windscreen. Even I would find it difficult to get in/out of that car, never mind a disabled person.

Other than that, I think that the deifnition of what determines who is a blue badge holder has got too wide, and too many 'carers' use them as perks of the job as described above to get a parking spot close to the shop. I have no problem if they were actually transporting the disabled person at the time.

Paul Jenkinz    on 27 October 2020

engineer Andy he may have been going to pick someone up who is disabled

Engineer Andy    on 27 October 2020

engineer Andy he may have been going to pick someone up who is disabled

In a BMW i8?!!! Seriously? Have you seen what they look like and what you have to do to get in/out of one?

If someone can get in one, they ain't disabled.

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