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Supermarket parking limits 'breach' disability laws

The UK's big supermarkets are breaking disability laws by having strict time limits in about two-thirds of their car parks, charities have told the BBC.
Private firms run some of the parking areas for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons and customers face penalty charges for overstaying.

But under the Disability Discrimination Act, businesses need to make extra allowances for disabled people.

The supermarkets say they will review their policies on disabled parking.

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The BBC's Keith Doyle said all four supermarket chains have said they will review their policies on disabled parking.

"If you do need extra time, the advice is to go to customer services in the supermarkets - they have all told us they will make allowances, they will review their policies - so give customer services your registration number and hopefully you won't get a ticket," he said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8488737.stm

Interesting to also note in the report that
Motorist campaigner Neil Herron said supermarkets should get rid of the "draconian" and "legally questionable" private enforcement process and handle car parking in house.

"If someone is abusing the system, clamp them, charge them a £2.50 clamp release fee, handled by their own staff.

Neil Herron founded parkingappeals.co.uk, having apparently discovered a new cause to fight after losing the so called metric martyrs fight in 2002 (though that's not quite how he saw the decision according to his website)
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  • edited 1 February 2010 at 10:25AM
    Coupon-madCoupon-mad
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    edited 1 February 2010 at 10:25AM
    I will use this thread to state again that Supermarkets ARE breaching the DDA and it would only take one case from a disabled person to bring this out into the open.

    I have been saying this for about 6 months now and wrote to Sainsburys who ignored it. The DDA definition of disability is this:

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DisabilityRights/DG_4001069

    So legally, anyone who fits that definition is 'disabled' and can use disabled parking bays in Supermarkets and on other private land. That would include, for example, someone who has just been diagnosed; someone without the mental capacity to think about getting a blue badge for when they are driven around; someone who doesn't usually drive; a disabled child being driven to a Supermarket and a disabled person visiting or having moved from another country.

    ALL of whom would be unlikely to have a blue badge (it's not the law that they have their disability tattooed on their head or that they have to carry an ID card to prove it). And many of whom would not 'look' disabled of course - it's not just about the ability to walk!

    It's different with Council parking bays (although personally I suspect Councils are breaching the DDA as well, for the same reasons - it has just never been tested). Not sure how they get around this, maybe someone knows how and why they are allowed to sidestep the DDA?
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  • kwakskwaks Forumite
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    ?? The supermarkets using PPCs' to extort money is illegal, whether you are disabled or not!!
  • edited 1 February 2010 at 10:28AM
    bromsgrovebarrybromsgrovebarry Forumite
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    edited 1 February 2010 at 10:28AM
    Private firms run some of the parking areas for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons and customers face penalty charges for overstaying.

    No they don't. Scammers cannot hand out penalties.
    Still waiting for Parking Eye to send the court summons! Make my day!
  • edited 1 February 2010 at 10:28AM
    Kite2010Kite2010 Forumite
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    edited 1 February 2010 at 10:28AM
    At least the reporter didn't write "face fines for overstaying". :cool:
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