Lack of bruise parking spaces may grow as it applies




SWINDON faces a shortage of parking spaces for blue sign holders, according to a new study.

The news comes as more people with hidden disabilities become eligible to apply for a permit.

New data showed that there are 44 bruising owners fighting for each dedicated council-owned car park on average in the southwest.

This is higher than the national average of 30 brand holders per space.

This shortcoming is not helped by drivers being able to park perfectly in blue marker rooms because they are closer to entrances or larger than other areas.

Last year, nearly 15,000 parking fee notices were issued to drivers in the region for abusing the seats in this way.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson is the government's Minister for the Disabled. He said: “This is a pivotal moment for thousands of people with hidden disabilities across the country, many of whom are subject to unacceptable discrimination or even abuse when using disabled parking spaces.

"The changes we make will be life-changing for these disabled, allowing them to do their daily lives without experiencing unnecessary stress or worry.

"In addition, more needs to be done right to police and provide adequate parking for the disabled."

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman told Adver: "We always make sure the number of vacant spaces for bruiser holders in each of our parking spaces fits within the government's four to six percent policy. This is the case for all of our current parking spaces and will remain so for any future, if the policies change, we will increase the seats if necessary.

"Our parking officers regularly encourage people who do not have bruises not to park in areas reserved for those who do, and people who need a bruise can apply for it through our website."

Confused.com performed this research. They found that most motorists who parked in bruises made excuses like 'I should just be quick', 'There were plenty of other bruises available', or 'I couldn't find another place'.

Website car editor Amanda Stretton said: "It's no wonder some of these bruises have had to park elsewhere, and the number of people competing for spaces will only grow.

"Drivers who abuse the spaces should be more respectful and leave them free of those who need them."



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