Addressing a few Blue Badge Concerns
It isn't fair. Why should disabled people get special treatment?
There are far too many blue badge spaces. They aren't needed.
I can't count the number of times we have been unable to park. The difference with a non disabled person is that if there is no disabled parking space, I have to go home. I can't park further away, or in a different car park.
So there should always be a free space. If there isn't then the next disabled person to come along may have to go back home.
Too many people abuse blue badges. You see them getting out of their cars, looking fine and walking off.
You do not have to be a wheelchair user to need a blue badge. You do not even have to have a mobility aid. A lot of people "look fine" but still have a lot of trouble walking. Among other things this could be due to breathing problems, heart problems, pain or exhaustion.
Many of these get worse the more you walk. So such people could look really good when they first get out and get worse and worse as they struggle round the shop. They may run out of steam and need to get back to the car early and so it needs to be close by for them as getting across the car park would simply be too much effort.
So please don't judge or abuse blue badge users. If they are displaying a valid blue badge, then that should be accepted, even with doubts. The problem otherwise is that genuine disabled people are constantly harangued and become scared to go out.
The only people who could arguably be challenged are those parking without displaying a blue badge.
I hate these people who get to the supermarket, use their blue badge and then walk for miles round the shop. If they can do that then they don't need a blue badge.
15 years ago when I was still walking with a stick, from the moment I got out from the car I was on the clock, both time wise and distance wise.
I had to carefully plan my route through the shop. If I forgot something in an aisle, then tough. I couldn't go back and get it, otherwise I wouldn't make it back to the car. That extra distance of walking back to the aisle and back again would have tipped me over my limit.
Likewise with time. Out of the car: "tick-tock, tick-tock". To the entrance: "tick-tock, tick-tock" Round the shop: "tick-tock, tick tock".
At this point I would start looking at the queue. If it was long I would have to abandon my shopping even if it wasn't completely finished because you know, Stand in queue: "tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock". And finally, back to the car: "tick-tock, tick-tock"
This is why I needed a blue badge. That extra distance to and back to the car made all the difference. Yes, to you it might "only" be 100 feet, but to me that might be a whole third of the total distance I was actually able to walk and/or the time I was able to stay on my feet. Take that off my "useful" shopping distance /time and I wouldn't get any shopping done at all.
Additionally there were times where I started off ok, but ran out of time and had to struggle back to the car. If it had been further away I simply wouldn't have made it but would have had to collapse wherever I was (this did happen a couple of times before I got my blue badge).
I hate these people who use a stick to walk and then get into the shop and miraculously recover and put it in their shopping trolleys!
Disabled people who don't drive shouldn't have blue badges.
See above for when I was walking with a stick and could only walk a limited distance and spend a very short time on my feet. We couldn't afford to waste that crossing the car park. Likewise, unless there was somewhere to sit, I couldn't be dropped off and wait around while my friend/relative parked elsewhere.
I also needed the extra space surrounding the car in order to get out (I wasn't very mobile). This is even more true now that I use a wheelchair (whether it is manual or electric).
However, the blue badge most ONLY be used if I am going to be a passenger in the car AND I am getting in or out of the car.
So someone can use it to park and come and pick me up, or use it to drop me off. It cannot be used at any other time. To do so is an offence.