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Bid to overturn plans to charge disabled drivers for parking in Boston fails

By Boston Target  |  Posted: May 23, 2012

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A LAST ditch bid to force a rethink over plans to make disabled drivers pay to use council-run car parks in Boston has failed.

Labour councillors, with support from independent member Carol Taylor, used their powers to call-in the proposals which are part of Boston Borough Council's parking strategy.

But their attempt to have the matter sent back to the council's cabinet for further discussion were thwarted when the environment and performance committee voted against such a move during a special meeting on Thursday.

Barring any last-minute u-turn from the authority's Conservative administration, Blue Badge holders will start paying to use the council's car parks from next month.

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  • wilsonm451  |  May 24 2012, 7:04PM

    eatmygoal- To say that disabled people take longer to get around, and therefore should get free parking would assume a simple fact: That they must spend an infinite amount of time parking, as the cost approaches zero! car parking is paid for on time, therefore more time = more cost. Ok, so disabled people should perhaps have it a reduced rate, but not free! A cynic might say that it is all too easy to obtain a blue badge these days, however I may just settle for a view that there is an over-subscription of disabled bays, as there always seems to be loads empty.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  May 23 2012, 10:36PM

    I think people who aren't clever enough to spell 'shouldn't' should be charged double to park. No reason other than spite towards people who are less capable than me, but apparently that's acceptable in some quarters, isn't it stinkbombone?

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  • stinkbombone  |  May 23 2012, 6:01PM

    Any reasonable and level headed disabled person would want to be treated just like anyone else, obviously taking their disability into account. Being disabled dosent mean though that you shouldent pay your way. There are so many instances when I have seen perfectly abled bodied people with a disabled badge and a motobiliy car nipping into the DIY stores but using the disabled parking spaces. Surely, if you are fit enough to come out with wood, sand and cement you arent that disabled. Then, there are the self inflicted obese people with a free brand new motobility car who have caused their disability on themselves by eating and eating and eating. Dont get me wrong; there are genuinely disabled people but even then; why shouldent they pay to park just like everyone else..

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  • ThornyRay  |  May 23 2012, 5:43PM

    Labour in Lincoln got elected just over a year ago promising to over turn the previous Councils decision to charge blue badge holders. Since they got elected they have not done a single promise. Councillor only want your vote before an election and they don't care afterwards.

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  May 23 2012, 4:42PM

    Disabled people should be charged equally as motorists. Charges are to park your vehicle for the time you park it. I agree with priority bays and feel disgust when I see able bodied people abuse them, but differential charging is not right.

  • polcop  |  May 23 2012, 3:43PM

    and cue the disabled get everything for nothing quotes - soon they will be followed up by the ignorant and they get free cars too quote. Disabled people often need more time to get around than able bodied drivers. So car parking costs can be prohibitive to planning a trip. So free parking is meant to encourage disabled drivers and carers to be able to get out and about. As a carer I can state 100% that any disabled person would swap tomorrow with any able bodied person if they could and gladly pay for parking. Before the ignorance starts just think that disabled people have a tough enough time as it is, would you really trade places with a disabled person to get free parking? I didn't think so.

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 23 2012, 3:35PM

    "Why shouldn't disabled people pay for parking?? I'm surprised they've got away with it this long" Because it takes them a lot longer to get around. Have a look in some of the older stories related to this.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  May 23 2012, 11:20AM

    "Why shouldn't disabled people pay for parking??" Why should children get fares and other tickets at half price? If people want to inflict their screeching offspring on the rest of us, they should be paying double at least. And while I'm on, why should they get all the good parking places as well? You support me in my campaign and I'll support you in yours. Deal?

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  • wilsonm451  |  May 23 2012, 9:56AM

    Why shouldn't disabled people pay for parking?? I'm surprised they've got away with it this long.

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