Users of disabled parking spaces are calling on a mobility scooter user to stop blocking Blue Badge-only bays.
The mobility scooter has been seen parked in disabled spaces at the town’s Market Hall car park many times in the pas few months and disabled motorists say he is wrongly blocking a space that should rightfully belong to them.
When the person is parked in the spaces, residents say there is no Blue Badge displayed.
A national disabled charity says all normal parking restrictions apply to mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs and they must display a valid Blue Badge.
Angry disabled driver Steve Vizard, of Great Oxendon, brought the matter to the Mail’s attention.
He said: “I’m not usually like this about things, but it has been going on for weeks and is really beginning to annoy me.
“I think it is a cheek. Disabilities come in different types, like me. I have a damaged spine and disabled parking gives you a bit more space to get out.
“This is adding to the problem of the lack of disabled parking spaces in town.”
He said he saw the scooter parked in disabled bays three times in a single week.
There are only two disabled bays in the Market Hall car park, which is off Northampton Road.
Charles Panter, who regularly visits the town from Northampton, is also angry about the situation.
He said: “It is illegally parked there. We come here often for the market and there are only two parking bays.
“It is so annoying when you can’t get in it because it is parked there.
“If they are able to leave the scooter and walk off to shop, then they can’t be that disabled.”
Mr Vizard added: “I don’t want to pick on this person.
“They might not know any better but they need to be told what they can and can’t do.
“If a space has got this scooter in it, then it is a waste and people have got to find another car park to go to.
“It’s a farce.”
Helen Dolphin, director of policy and campaigns at Disabled Motoring UK, said: “If you park anything in a disabled bay on-street you need to display a Blue Badge.
“Be it a motorbike, scooter or boat, if it’s in a bay it needs to display a badge.”
A spokesman for Harborough Council said: “This person obviously has mobility issues and probably has a valid Blue Badge which entitles them to park in a disabled bay, but there are limited places on a scooter to display it securely.
“We have asked our civil enforcement officers, if they see this person, to have a chat with them to check they hold a Blue Badge, or if not, advise them of a suitable place to park.”
It comes two months after another mobility scooter story hit the headlines.
Seven-year-old D’Silva Kinzett was walking with his mum and sister in Harborough’s Commons Car Park when he was struck by a mobility scooter. The driver failed to stop and the police launched an investigation.