Saturday, January 30, 2010

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If so, The Motorists Legal Challenge Fund lawyers would love to hear from you.

Supermarket parking limits 'breach' disability laws
BBC News
Supermarkets have started to limit the amount of time customers can park
The UK's big supermarkets are breaking disability laws by having strict time limits in about two-thirds of their car parks, charities have told the BBC.

Private firms run some of the parking areas for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons and customers face penalty charges for overstaying.
But under the Disability Discrimination Act, businesses need to make extra allowances for disabled people.
The supermarkets say they will review their policies on disabled parking.
Supermarkets are increasingly using private parking firms and automatic number plate recognition systems to limit customer parking, often to two hours.

'Acknowledge problem'
The restrictions are to discourage drivers from abusing the free parking spaces.
BBC Breakfast contacted 200 large supermarkets from the four main chains.
Of the 124 that imposed parking time limits, about two-thirds said they did not give disabled people any extra time to shop, which is a breach of the law.

Britain's motorists are being stealth taxed by another dubious practice
Neil Herron
Motorist campaigner

Neil Coyle, from the charity Disability Alliance, said: "Supermarkets need to acknowledge there is a problem, and secondly, very quickly they need to ensure their car parking procedures conform with the law.
"You or I can stamp our feet and say how outrageous it is but at the end of the day there is a law that protects disabled people from this happening."

He said the supermarkets needed to end the "unfair charges" or "they can wait until someone takes a legal case and potentially face a considerable compensation case".

Motorist campaigner Neil Herron said supermarkets should get rid of the "draconian" and "legally questionable" private enforcement process and handle car parking in house.
"If someone is abusing the system, clamp them, charge them a £2.50 clamp release fee, handled by their own staff.
"Britain's motorists are being stealth taxed by another dubious practice,"
he said.

The BBC's Keith Doyle said all four supermarket chains have said they will review their policies on disabled parking.
"If you do need extra time, the advice is to go to customer services in the supermarkets - they have all told us they will make allowances, they will review their policies - so give customer services your registration number and hopefully you won't get a ticket," he said.


Anonymous said...

Or just shop elsewhere, Costco don't have a limit for parking.

Derek the Ferret said...

I wish the BBC would stop asking retards like you for opinions... This is almost as embarrassing as Stephen Alambritis from the Federation of Small Businesses being asked to comment on bank bonuses, a matter which he clearly knew f*ck-all about. Firstly, those who are disabled should think about the very definition of that compound adjective; there are some things that they are simply not able to do and the rest of the population should not be inconvenienced because of it; the DDA is a farce. Secondly, quite how you can logically define these charges as a "stealth-tax" is a mystery; they are a deterrent imposed by PRIVATE companies to stop knuckle-draggers like you taking the p*ss when parking on PRIVATE land. Thirdly, charging £2.50 (two pounds f*cking fifty?!?) as a release fee would make getting clamped cheaper than parking for the whole day in a train station car park (duh), thereby completely obviating the need to control the car park at all. LEARN TO PARK LEGALLY AND RESPECTFULLY AND STOP MOANING! And no, I don't work for a parking enforcement company or a supermarket; I just have a very low tolerance for pricks. I bet you drive an Audi and subscribe to Which? magazine.

Neil Herron said...

Let the 'debate' continue.
Don't drive an Audi. Don't subscribe to Which?
Not right on any other fronts.
You should have paid more attention at school mate.
Neil H

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