A RATHCOOLE pensioner has called on local supermarkets and shops to take tougher action against drivers without blue badges who abandon their cars in disabled parking bays.
The man, who didn’t want to be identified, contacted the Times to reveal that he has had trouble finding a disabled parking spot at several local retail outlets in recent weeks due to non-blue badge holders taking up spaces.
The angry pensioner, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commented: “I’ve had this problem at ASDA on the Shore Road, at Tesco Newtownabbey and I’ve even seen it at the shops at The Diamond in Rathcoole. It’s happening all over the place; people who aren’t disabled and young people who are clearly using someone else’s blue badge are just parking willy-nilly all over the place in any space they want. Some of the cars have blue badges ok, but the people driving them aren’t the badge holders - it’s disgraceful.
“I know some of the supermarkets do try and stop people taking up disabled spaces when they’re not entitled to them, but they all need to do more to ensure that disabled parking spaces are kept free for those who really need them.”
Read the full story, including what ASDA and Tesco had to say, in this week’s Times...