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Baywatch results find 1 in 5 disabled spaces are abused

The Baywatch Campaign, organised by Disabled Motoring UK, asked the public to survey local supermarkets for disabled parking abuse.

Taking the largest number of responses yet, the results have been calculated and found that 1 in 5 disabled spaces are abused.

The overall level of disabled parking abuse across all supermarkets was 16%.

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In 2017, when it last carried out the Baywatch Campaign, the number was 18.5% and therefore this year’s results do show some improvement.

Across all of the supermarkets surveyed the average number of disabled bays provided (to the nearest whole bay) is 15 bays with 3 of them being abused, meaning that roughly 1 in 5 disabled bays at supermarkets are abused by somebody parking in a disabled bay without displaying a Blue Badge.

Looking generally at enforcement signage, the report found that 60% of the supermarkets surveyed had visible signage or other evidence that enforcement took place.

The report detailed that when you isolate the supermarkets, levels of abuse remained at 16%.

However, the 40% that had no visible indication of enforcement taking place the percentage of abuse increased dramatically to 36%.

It showed that using enforcement does decrease the levels of disabled parking abuse.

See the league table breakdown of supermarkets here:

(CREDIT: Disabled Motoring UK)

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