Seven councils in Wales charge for Blue Badge parking
No one with a Blue Badge expects to pay to park their car. Now seven councils in Wales charge for Blue Badge parking. Is this the thin end of the wedge? Do councils really need the extra revenue by charging disabled people to park their cars? Will councils now do away with disabled parking bays?
Charities are calling it a tax on disability at a time of benefit cuts and welfare reforms.
There are around 230,000 blue badge holders in Wales.
The parking charge figures follow a freedom of information request by Plaid Cymru. It shows that Denbighshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, one park in Newport and Caerphilly all expect blue badge holders to pay.
Able bodied people are able to take a decision on where to park and can walk from there. A disabled person does not have such freedom. Disabled parking bays are sufficiently wide for the car door to be full opened, this is vital to allow a disabled person to get in and out of the car.
The most depressing aspect is that councils could raise more money through fining disabled motorists than through the issuing of a valid parking tickets. I look forward to hearing how much extra money the councils have raised. Tell me what you think of this idea?