Disabled Motoring UK - Baywatch Campaign

Disabled Motoring UK - Baywatch Campaign

We work with government and businesses across the UK in order to improve parking, refuelling, and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need.

BAYWATCH  2020  
Disabled Motoring (DMUK) tackles supermarkets over disabled parking abuse. Supported by Baroness Grey-Thompson. Edited from DMUK Website

A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination, especially at their local supermarket. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge.

Disabled Motoring UK’s Baywatch campaign seeks to address this. This campaign researches the level of disabled parking abuse at supermarkets, by asking disabled motorists to survey their local supermarket car park. Specifically, they count how many disabled bays are provided and how many cars that are parked in them without displaying a Blue Badge. The other information we ask for is details of the type of enforcement (if any) carried out by the parking operator responsible for the car park. Details of the operator and enforcement should be displayed on the signage near the disabled bays.

When the survey closes the results are calculated, published and sent to the supermarkets to encourage them to work with the charity to improve their parking policies with regard to tackling disabled bay abuse by using effective enforcement. The Baywatch campaign also aims to change public attitudes by bringing to the attention of disabled bay abusers the impact that their actions can have.

We usually run the Baywatch Campaign in June. However, last year the campaign seemed very popular when talking to people at the summer disability events. Therefore, we have decided to run Baywatch 2020 in the month of August in the hope that even more people will take part. Full details of how to take part will be published on our website in August. https://www.disabledmotoring.org/baywatch/baywatch-2020

We hope to make this year bigger and better than ever before and have a number of organisations supporting Baywatch 2020.