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.
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.”