50 Years of the Blue Badge System
It is fifty years since they, the blue badges were first introduced. Parking and road traffic was very different back in 1970, so were the cars!
As time has progressed so has the number of us needing and using the Blue Badge Scheme. Indeed there will soon be more people over 50 than under 50!
With age, in a lot of cases, comes problems. Arthritis, heart problems, sleep apnoea and eyesight. These are just some of the many reasons why people need to apply for their own blue Badge.
It gives you more freedom parking and for those who need to use wheelchairs, it can be a real boon.
Either type of manual wheelchair will, normally, fold easily to get in and out of the car.
Security for your Blue Badge.
With the traffic congestion and lack of parking spaces available, until this recent pandemic, Blue Badges are becoming valuable. Theft of them has increased dramatically recently and should you lose yours it is your responsibility! There can be fines involved if you do not report the loss and someone else uses it. By the same token someone borrowing your badge to just ‘nip to the shops for themselves’ is also wrong!
Once you have your Blue Badge then you will be able to get out more easily. Should you have a mobility scooter rather than a wheelchair then life could be even easier.
Mobility Scooters (Small Size)
A Yoga mobility scooter even has its own carry case, ideal if you are going on holiday.
Mobility scooters (Midsize)
This type of mobility scooter is ideal for getting in and out of your car whilst the bigger versions may need dismantling.
Mobility Scooters (Large)
These large road going mobility scooters can also command a parking slot of their own!
If you need any advice about any mobility scooters or wheelchairs then please feel free to contact me Robert Winchurch on 01492 548102. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my very best to help.
It is a fact though that not all disabilities are visible. Which means you shouldn’t always jump to conclusions when you see someone who looks fit park in a disabled bay.
It is also sensible to be wary of saying anything to others, I once did. The lady swept into a disabled bay in her posh BMW Convertable and jumped out about to run into Tesco. I mentioned to her she had forgotten to put her Blue Badge on display as required and she raised two fingers at me and disappeared inside! Not becoming of a Lady!!
If you are unfortunate enough to need a Blue Badge then respect it and treat it as a Badge of honour. After all, we have had 50 Years of the Blue Badge System