Proud sponsors of the disabled parking Baywatch campaign 2020

Baywatch coming August web res

We are very proud to once again sponsor the Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) disabled parking Baywatch campaign 2020. No, not the TV programme!

The campaign which is supported by Baroness Grey-Thompson, addresses the common problem of disabled parking abuse at supermarkets and this year due to COVID-19, the Baywatch survey is slightly different. The major complaint is that disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge.

The campaign asks disabled motorists to survey their local supermarket for parking abuse at supermarkets by counting how many disabled bays are provided and how many cars are parked in them without displaying a Blue Badge. The survey goes live on the DMUK website in August https://www.disabledmotoring.org/baywatch-2020

DMUK is so pleased with the positive response it gets from its members, the public and organisations every year they run this campaign. Last year was their best campaign yet with record numbers of participants. However, this was before COVID-19 so the DMUK has decided that it is not appropriate to ask people to physically go to a supermarket car park and count cars not displaying a Blue Badge parked in disabled bays.  Instead the survey asks people to think back over the last 12 months to consider their general parking experience and to answer questions about this experience at supermarkets and on their everyday journeys.

This data will be used to talk with the supermarkets and other parking providers over their disabled parking policies. As a thank you for taking part there will be a free prize draw for one participant to win a £25 M&S voucher.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, 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.”

Heidi Turner, Communications and Campaigns Director at DMUK, said:

“Baywatch is one of the charity’s longest running campaigns and is really important to draw attention to the parking problems that disabled people face when just trying to do their everyday grocery shopping. The charity has decided to change the format of Baywatch this year in order to keep our supporters safe. Nevertheless the new survey will provide us with some really useful data to keep the pressure on the supermarkets to do more to manage their disabled parking bays properly. Disabled motorists face parking problems in all aspects of their life and the new survey will also encompass some more general parking questions which will expand the scope of the DMUK Baywatch Campaign.”