Advocates Push For Tighter Policing Of Illegal Parkers
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 8, 2005
YORK, ENGLAND--Pressure from a disability advisory committee has prompted the City of York to crack down on vehicles that park in spaces reserved for motorists with disabilities.
City officials are instructing parking attendants to target vehicles that do not have the correct permits but are found parking in the city's 122 "Blue Badge" zones.
The city's Disabled Persons' Advisory Group had complained about what they said was a continuing problem in the city.
"By parking in a designated bay without a Blue Badge, motorists are preventing people with severe walking difficulties being able to park close to shops, restaurants and leisure facilities," Julian Horsler, the council's equality officer, told BBC News.
"It can have a huge impact on their lives and there are many cases of Blue Badge holders being forced to turn round and go home simply because they can't find any where to park close enough to their destination."
"Disabled persons' parking (Blue badge) scheme" (City of York Council)