10:06am Monday 11th February 2013
SIR – Following a stroke and a broken hip, my wife has “earned” a blue badge. A wheelchair is almost always carried in the car boot.
When pushing her in the wheelchair when shopping, we are never short of people willing to help in tricky situations.
It is very different when trying to find a space for blue badge holders at two local supermarkets – Morrisons at Girlington and Co-operative at Allerton.
Often such spaces are occupied by able bodied drivers. Several times I have challenged such drivers. At best there is a sheepish apology, at worst verbal abuse.
One private hire driver told me to mind my own business and one woman deliberately parked behind my vehicle for a short time to prevent me from leaving. She continues to park in the blue badge spaces.
A traffic warden informed me that these supermarkets had a policy of not challenging blue badge violations to avoid upsetting customers.
A law not enforced is no law at all. What can a carer or disabled person do about this?
Ted Harris, Ormonde Drive, Allerton
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