A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Has anyone noticed this happening more and more?
Today I saw a fit young man park up (on a white zig-zag line) and use a blue disabled badge. I asked him what his disability was and he basically told me to p*ss off.
I have noticed this happening a lot in the area, often with very very expensive cars (ie the local criminal underworld)
I reported the issue to Enfield and Haringey council, with the badge/vehicle number, and apparently, a) you have to report this to the borough which ISSUED the badge, and b) there's nothing they can do anyway unless a council parking warden or policemen sees them using the badge.
Someone from Enfield called me back and they said they estimate at least 25% of blue badges are being misused.
A fit young man? You cannot possibly know from a simple glance at someone whether they are disabled. How dare you confront someone in the street and demand they justify their disability! This is outrageous.
A recent example of a disabled person being bullied and demonised because of a busybody thinking they were cheating the system was widely reported. I urge you to read this story online (follow link) .
Oh and in connection with your third paragraph what exactly is the evidence for your correlation of car choice and criminal conviction.
Before jumping to ill-informed judgements you might want to consider whether it is actually any of your concern...
I quite agree. Well said.
Strange link to have posted here, John ... since it is about someone using a disabled parking space, who is neither registered as disabled nor holds a blue badge. Whoever left her an abusive note was clearly wrong, but her own actions have been roundly condemned by many disability groups! Its a completely different scenario.
If someone has a genuine disability (especially one that isn't visible), surely they shouldn't object to being challenged?
Bear in mind that there are such things as hidden disabilities. Lots of people assume that a disabled badge holder has to be in a wheelchair. I was mugged and badly injured on the footbridge at Bowes Park. I had private nursing for a year. Amongst other things, I had brain damage, a fractured skull, nerve damage in my head, damage to my eyes. When I have bad head days, I cannot walk in a straight line and walk into lampposts, people etc. My co-ordination and concentration goes which was why I was given a blue badge so that people ferrying me around (I don't drive) can minimise the amount of walking I do. On good days, when there is little pain, I can walk round locally. I get very cross when I am in genuine need and see people abusing blue badges as was probably the case you have mentioned. However, I find it very upsetting when I am challenged as to why I am using a blue badge by people unqualified to know the circumstances.
In each case ... you will need the Vehicle Registration Mark, Colour vehicle make and location.