It is hard not to have sympathy with disabled drivers who are growing ever more frustrated with a mobility scooter user who repeatedly parks in one of the relatively few disabled bays in the town centre.
While such action is not illegal if you display a Blue Badge, this individual does not and is selfishly depriving someone else of this space in the Market Hall car park.
Let’s be clear, this is not an isolated incident.
I use that car park on a regular basis and have often seen the said scooter parked there.
Perhaps it is ignorance of the rules that is leading the individual concerned to park there, but there are others in the town who cannot make such claims.
In the past week I have seen a perfectly able woman wearing a nursing uniform, of all things, not displaying a Blue Badge, park in a disabled parking bay and virtually run from her 4x4 vehicle.
And there have been numerous times when I have used car parks across Harborough and seen other vehicles without Blue Badges displayed clogging up disabled parking bays.
This is not ignorance, this is selfishness.
The owners of these cars are doing what they do knowingly and with no thought for the genuine disabled driver for who the spaces are provided.
Our misguided scooter rider is one thing; deliberately ignoring the law just to park slightly nearer a shop is quite another.
Column by Neil Pickford.
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