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starone | 00:22 Thu 23rd Oct 2014 | Civil
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I have one of these and it is very useful because at my age I find it quite difficult to walk without using some kind of aid. Now here is my question - today I had to go to the hospital and the parking there is practically non-existent. There is parking about 50yds up the road in a multi-story car park, and so that I will not have to walk too far my daughter dropped me off at the hospital and helped me in and then went to the car park with the blue card and parked in the disability places. Then she walked back to the hospital where I was waiting. She did the same procedure only the other way around when I had finished the treatment and came out. Now someone has told us this is not allowed. The card can only be used if I am in the car all the time and she is not allowed to be in the car alone even if she is parking it after making sure I was delivered at the hospital. Surely this cannot be right - it is supposed to help me not hinder. Might as well not have it if it cannot be used as we have previously used it. Is there a huge fine? Hope this is plain - it is rather involved or as the Americans say "complicated".

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If you weren't actually having to walk to/from the car then they might have a point. Disabled spaces usually allow parking nearer to make it easier for the disabled person to get to wherever it is they have to get to, but if you were being dropped off at the door then the car didn't need to be parked in a disabled space. My OH is a blue badge holder and that's how I...
08:33 Thu 23rd Oct 2014
I would have thought that the fact that disabled spaces are nearest to the door of the hospital/shop or wherever would mean that the disabled person is presumed to be walking from there.
^^ what about wheel chair users ? I have transported wheel chair users and I have had to unload them and the chair then move the car to a parking space and get back to the place I unloaded them to push them where they want to go. The clinic or shop department or whatever. Difficult if I have to park a distance away ! I use the blue badge and park in the nearest disabled space so I can get back as fast as possible. That is what the care home told us to do and a traffic warden has told me that this was the correct procedure.

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