Police the Disabled Parking Bays

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Disabled parking is becoming a huge problem in supermarket car parks for those that need it. This is a particular problem in my local Tesco in Pitsea, Basildon. At this particular Tesco, not only are the disabled bays near the entrance (where the cigarettes and lottery counters are) but also right next to the ATMs. I often have to abandon my shopping trip, as I cannot park because the bays are taken by those without badges that are abusing the bays. It is often the case that more bays are taken by those without badges than those with! Tesco, like many car park owners, now rely on cameras to to penalise overstayers. These cameras do not tell them who are abusing parking bays, like disabled and parent and child.

Supermarkets should police their dedicated bays to ensure that they are available to the customers for whom they are designed instead of just money grabbing fines from overstayers. We live in a society where people do not police themselves and will abuse things like disabled bays for their own convenience. If supermarkets are going to operate dedicated parking then they have a duty to ensure that they are used correctly.

Therefore, I am calling for supermarkets and shopping area car parks to have car park attendents. This will help to ensure dedicated bays are available and also create jobs.



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