Over half of UK motorists admit they would use a Disabled Parking space
And Less Than 40% Would Report Misuse
53% of UK motorists have admitted that they would misuse disabled parking areas, a recent survey has found. The research, conducted by iCarhireinsurance.com, the leading provider of car hire excess insurance, asked close to 1000 drivers who cited 'an emergency', 'lack of other parking spaces' and 'only leaving the car for a second' as the main reasons they would park in a disabled space without having the appropriate permit.
Although only 7% of motorists admitted to previously misusing a disabled parking space, over half of those surveyed admitted they would consider doing it in the future.
Interestingly, almost all of those surveyed (93%) said they thought those who did misuse these spaces should face a penalty. However, less than 40% said they would confront or report an offending motorist for doing so.
Graham Footer from Disabled Motoring UK explains: 'Disabled Motoring UK is not surprised by the outcomes of the survey. That is why DMUK created its Disabled Parking Accreditation. We are working with the British Parking Association to raise standards within the parking sector.'
Respondents were also asked about their attitudes towards parent/child parking spaces, with more than 20% saying they had misused these spaces in the past and 70% saying they would consider doing so in the future.
Ernesto Suarez, CEO of iCarhireinsurance.com commented:
'We've all experienced difficulties finding a parking space at one time or another, but it's important to remember that designated spots are there for people who really need them.'
For more information on designated Blue Badge parking spaces, you can check your local council's website here.