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Number of Blue Badge parking spaces at “breaking point”, study reveals

The number of parking spaces available for Blue Badge holders is at “breaking point”, a new study has revealed

The news comes just as a change has been made to allow those with hidden disabilities to become eligible for a permit in England.

Data provided by Confused.com revealed that an average of 30 Blue Badge holders are already fighting for just one dedicated space, a situation which is likely to worsen as the new change sees an increase in the number of holders.

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And although, the expansion of the scheme has been well received by drivers, with almost half (48%) seeing it as a positive move, it has also raised confusion, with one in five (20%) questioning what will happen to the number of Blue Badge parking spaces following the expansion of the scheme.

When asked by Confused.com, 74% of councils claimed they don’t have any current plans in place to increase the number of spaces.

However, almost one in three (30%) drivers have called for councils to extend the number of bays, with one in four (25%) drivers who are or travel with a Blue Badge holder concerned they won’t be able to access spaces due to the expansion of the scheme.

Furthermore almost a quarter (23%) find the change in criteria for English drivers confusing, with a further one in three (30%) also confused about which medical conditions would be eligible.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “Clearly more parking for Blue Badge holders is needed – 30 drivers to one space is quite a challenge. It’s no wonder some of these drivers have had to park elsewhere.

“And the number of people competing for spaces is only going to grow as more people can apply for a Blue Badge now.

“Drivers who misuse these spaces are making the problem even worse. They should be more respectful and leave them free for those who need them.”

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