Are disabled badge holders causing a problem in Wimborne?
By DomCar | Monday, February 27, 2012, 09:43
A couple of weeks ago I read a letter to the editor in the Echo from Mike Greenland of Wimborne who was concerned that disabled badge holders were making the congestion in Wimborne town centre worse by parking inconsiderately. He said, "Having such a badge gives privileges, a degree of common sense and consideration to others should be shown as well."
Are Disabled Badge Holders Causing A Problem In Wimborne?
When I read the letter I didn't really think anything of it, but when I went into Wimborne the next day I saw the problem for myself first hand. A disabled badge holder had parked their car on the High Street just up from Gullivers Books and a bus that came around the corner from the Square couldn't get past. The bus driver had to wait nearly fifteen minutes for the disabled driver to return to their car while traffic was queuing all the way back to the Square. Just a little common sense from the disabled driver would have prevented this and the bus then wouldn't have been behind schedule.
Suzanne Olive who holds a disabled badge says, "Sometimes this happens when people park on yellow lines using their badge and don't take into account that if on a corner buses, and more so emergency vehicles, can't get through easily. Unfortunately badge holders are very often restricted with their parking due to spaces being taken up by people who use them whom are not badge holders and use them just cause its either raining or they are only going to be there for a short time, yet they are fully able to use a normal space."
I have nothing against disabled badge holders, but as Mike says some of these drivers need to show common sense when parking. It should be quite obvious that you don't park tight on a sharp bend of a narrow road, or anywhere you might block traffic. Please have a little consideration for other road users.