The perfect disabled driver's car?

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    I've always found it strange how people that are 'wealthy' and have a need for blue badges are, in a way, demonised?

    Can you not be rich and have a handicap?
     
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    Not necessarily in this case but many Blue Badge holders see free parking as their right.... not actually the better access.

    In Derby loads of blue badges in the street (free) - none in the "required by law" disabled access bays in the car park (always empty) as it costs £2 an hour.
     
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    It could be that the roadside parking is closer to where they want to be.
     
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    Don't forget a blue badge holder can be a passenger in any car.
     
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    I've posted it before but many years ago when my dad had a brand new bright red SL he had a blue badge because he was the designated carer for a friend of ours now sadly gone. One day he parked outside kings in the only disabled bay and as they were getting out 2 old gits started tutting and pointing so my dads friend unbuttoned his prosthetic leg and chucked it at their heads ! That shut them up !
     
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    Slow news day...
    Was the article about the car, or a blue badge holder, or the irony of it being parked next to an elecrtic charge point? Or is the writer somehow suggesting the driver or owner of such a vehicle shouldn't have a blue badge? I'm confused.
    Definitely a slow news day...
     
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    Way I see it is that being handicapped prevents you from doing things or getting to places you want to be. Blue badges are an attempt to redress the balance. However in any society great wealth can be used to largely overcome these obstacles. Owning such a vehicle predicates considerable wealth implying the necessity for a disabled badge is largely redundant. Obviously the Borough of Southwark has correctly not precluded this individual from applying for and using a blue badge. For their part the individual selfishly by the use of the badge has in effect precluded the use such parking spaces for other disabled drivers who may have greater need.
    The apposite phrase in this particular case appears to be "dog in the manger" :- a person who selfishly keeps something that he or she does not really need or want so that others may not use or enjoy it. :dk:
     
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    How does that work?
     
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    Interesting thought.

    Another thought .... The owner is a wheelchair user. (VERY) high transfer up into the cab but there you go.

    HE/SHE has transferred out of the "car" and needs a drop kerb to be able to get onto the path. This is my main reason for needing a blue badge. The other reason is so that parking in a disabled bay you don't get blocked in. So when I get back to the car I can get my wheelchair up to the drivers door and open the door wide enough to transfer into the car and pull my wheelchair apart to put in too.

    Will this EVER fit in a disabled bay??? A tad big!
    Will it EVER do the Tesco's shop?

    Tend to agree that the likelihood that this person really needs a blue badge would seem questionable but would love to know.

    My father had his blue badge turned down. 84, both knees replaced, heart problem. He can walk the designated distance so no longer fits the acceptable criteria to hold a blue badge.

    Blue badges used to be given out by GP's without any control or thought that means there are way to many Blue Badges out there in comparison to disabled parking bays.

    Asa wheelchair user and blue badge holder I will park firstly where I'm not going to get blocked in and then where I can get to the place I need to get too. (Sometimes the other way round)

    Cutting to the chase....... As has already been said ..... a slow news day!
     
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    There are lots of "rich" people with disabilities. Compensation cases. Yes a nice car, etc, etc. yes you need a Blue Badge at times.

    Lots of rich people with disabilities who work very hard and are successful and have done well. Yup.... Still need a Blue Badge.

    Was amusing when I had the 911. The looks I got pulling into disabled parking bays. Must admit to grabbing my wheelchair out quickly before I got accosted!
     
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    The shops are in the same building as the car park.

    I know its the free thing, my dad does it. I tell him off too!
     
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    As I understand it a blue badge is for people with mobility restrictions. You would have to be pretty able bodied to get in and out of that thing surely?
     
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    You're thinking mobility restriction in the purest form; what if they've got some sort of respiratory problem meaning they can't walk far yet on the surface they look 'able-bodied'?

    There are some that abuse this privilege, yes, just like a lot of things in life, but there's usually more than meets the eye to these situations.
     
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    Perhaps it has a stairlift.....
     
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    My wife has a blue badge. She only drives short distances , so for any journey more than a few miles she relies on being driven. It does not matter who is driving , or what they are driving, as long as they are accompanying her ,they are entitled to park in a disabled bay ( almost said zone, but don`t want to start DM off again).
    When i am driving my £14k company ford focus , nobody takes any notice. Yet if i park my £4k, 450sl in a disabled bay , we get some strange looks, as if a disabled person should not be travelling in a Merc convertible. Nowt so strange as folk.:confused:
     
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    Back to my comment on my 911.

    After playing a lot of disability sport you see people with a variety of disabilities driving very different cars. I like my estate as chucking a wheelchair (and 2 dogs) in the back makes life easier.
     
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    For anyone interested I was a member of NABD for a few years when a full time wheelchair user. I had a trike with a carrier on the back for my wheelchair. Talk about getting stares....There are members who ride motorcycles solo. A chap rides a Fireblade, he has one arm and one leg. The bike is equipped with a solenoid that changes gear. When stopping, two arms like landing gear lowers onto the road. He leaves one leg (above the knee ) fixed to the bike as well as the lower part of one arm. If he falls off, he causes quite a panic when he..the leg...and lower arm become parted. National Association for Bikers with a Disability. for all you bikers out there.... look out for their rallies, they are well worth attending. If you thought you could no longer ride....think again.
    Give them a Google.
    Ride Safe...Ride Free.
     
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