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Parking: Disabled

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to standardise the use of Blue Badges and dedicated disabled parking facilities across public and private car parks; and if he will make a statement. (255039)

The Blue Badges scheme only applies to on-street parking. The provision of parking spaces in off-street car parks, whether local authority owned or privately owned, falls under the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. In both types of car park, service providers need to ensure that they provide an adequate number of parking spaces for disabled people and that these spaces are readily available. The Department for Transport will be working with the British Retail Consortium and other stakeholders to support improved enforcement in car parks.