DMUK’s Campaign Baywatch changed its format for surveys of 2020 and 2021
A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination, especially at their local supermarket. 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.
The 2019 campaign had record numbers of participants. However, this was before the world was swamped by the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead the surveys took place through the months of August 2020 and 2021 and we (DMUK) asked Drivers to think back over the previous 12 months to consider their general parking experience and answer some questions about their experiences at supermarkets and on their everyday journeys.
The campaign has support from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, she commented: “It’s so sad that Disabled Motoring UK has to run its Baywatch Campaign. Disabled bay enforcement should be mandatory, especially for the big supermarkets that can afford to invest in policing their car parks. I see disabled parking abuse every day, it’s never a surprise to me, including at my local supermarket. There is a real lack of understanding about how essential these bays are to disabled people and I applaud DMUK’s Baywatch Campaign as it plays a vital role in highlighting the issue of disabled parking abuse at supermarkets.”
DMUK CEO, Graham Footer said: “We are thrilled with the level of support that this (2021) year’s Baywatch campaign has received. However, the results show that the parking industry and local authorities still aren’t doing nearly enough to support disabled people. Accessibility begins in the car parks and disabled bay enforcement is a crucial part of allowing disabled people to live independent lives. DMUK urges everyone in the parking sector to take this issue seriously”