Cop snapped using a disabled parking bay

This Is Wiltshire: The police car photographed by an Adver reader parked in the disabled space at Asda The police car photographed by an Adver reader parked in the disabled space at Asda

A POLICE officer has been caught parking in a disabled space at a supermarket.

The bobby, who was responding to an incident after a call from the store, parked in the yellow bay at Asda Walmart in North Swindon on Saturday afternoon.

The Adver was sent this photograph by a reader, who said she had seen a wheelchair user struggling to get into her vehicle in a regular parking space on the car park.

Officials at Wiltshire Police are set to speak to the officer today to find out why they parked there.

Temporary Chief Inspector Roger Bull said: “Police officers should always park safely and lawfully.

“They should not occupy spaces designated for people with disabilities.

“The only exception would be when an officer is responding to an emergency, such as a crime in progress or reports of a violent person, and even then when there are no other safe options available.

“We believe that we have now identified the officer who booked out this vehicle. The officer concerned is not on duty, but will be spoken to on their return to duty tomorrow.”

A reader sent the photograph to the Adver after she spotted the illegally parked car at about 3.20pm The reader who sent the photograph, and who did not want to be named, said she was disgusted to see a police officer using the space.

She said: “I double checked and he clearly didn't have a blue badge.

“I am just wondering why they should get away with this when I saw a lady in a wheelchair clearly struggling to get into her car in a regular space. Also my passenger required a space and holds a blue badge. I am very disgusted and hope they may think again before parking in a spot where other car drivers would no doubt get a ticket.”

A spokesman for Asda said the police were responding to a call from the store regarding a petrol dispute, but as it was a police matter he could not comment further.

David Plotkin, manager of Swindon Living Options, a local service run by disability charity Scope that supports disabled people, said he was sorry to hear the police were using the space, but hoped there was a good reason.

“It is disappointing but we are confident that the police wouldn’t have chosen the space unless there was a very good reason for doing so,” he said.

“Our work with disabled people means we know that for many people with mobility, visual and other impairments, the convenience of a designated parking bay can make a huge difference in enabling them to use local amenities.

“We’d encourage people to avoid parking in disabled bays and leaving them available for disabled people who genuinely need them.”

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9:23am Wed 14 Nov 12

nottooold says...

Although this is not right it would have been an idea to report all of the other cars parked without blue badges not just the police car. I am sure there would have been others.
Although this is not right it would have been an idea to report all of the other cars parked without blue badges not just the police car. I am sure there would have been others. nottooold
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9:27am Wed 14 Nov 12

gambon says...

the disabled spaces are miles away from the petrol station so why would you choose to use one of these spaces more like the officer was doing their weekly shop and could not be assed to park to far away bet they even went home with the weekly shop whilst paid by the tax payer instead of finding my missing tv
the disabled spaces are miles away from the petrol station so why would you choose to use one of these spaces more like the officer was doing their weekly shop and could not be assed to park to far away bet they even went home with the weekly shop whilst paid by the tax payer instead of finding my missing tv gambon
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9:36am Wed 14 Nov 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

The police always seems to have loads of police cars in the rear car park. Did they drive around the block. Not sure where the officers go, but there is usually several police vehicles there.

Strange place to park if there is a petrol dispute too as the petrol station is over the other side.

The person who reported it, seems to have a chip on their shoulder about the use of disabled spaces. I didn't think they were enforcible in any case in a private car park (they think people would get a ticket); same as parent and child spaces. Usually its a moral thing and most people tend to avoid them out of respect.
The police always seems to have loads of police cars in the rear car park. Did they drive around the block. Not sure where the officers go, but there is usually several police vehicles there. Strange place to park if there is a petrol dispute too as the petrol station is over the other side. The person who reported it, seems to have a chip on their shoulder about the use of disabled spaces. I didn't think they were enforcible in any case in a private car park (they think people would get a ticket); same as parent and child spaces. Usually its a moral thing and most people tend to avoid them out of respect. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:47am Wed 14 Nov 12

AndySN3 says...

Fair point, the officer in question was caught red handed and shouldn't have been there.
My point, and I know this will seem controversial, the car park and retail park on this same estate have lots and lots of disabled spaces, and particularly the retail park which seem to be unused.
People don't use them for fear of offending somebody, or getting a ticket.
Is there really any need for so many disabled spaces, when parking is at a premium here?
Fair point, the officer in question was caught red handed and shouldn't have been there. My point, and I know this will seem controversial, the car park and retail park on this same estate have lots and lots of disabled spaces, and particularly the retail park which seem to be unused. People don't use them for fear of offending somebody, or getting a ticket. Is there really any need for so many disabled spaces, when parking is at a premium here? AndySN3
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9:48am Wed 14 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example.
Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example. Davey Gravey
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10:00am Wed 14 Nov 12

adver jurnolist says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example.
I also think there are too many parent / child parking places...too many pedestrian crossings and also feel that too much money has been spent on the paving slabs which help the blind identify when they are approaching a road.....
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example.[/p][/quote]I also think there are too many parent / child parking places...too many pedestrian crossings and also feel that too much money has been spent on the paving slabs which help the blind identify when they are approaching a road..... adver jurnolist
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10:03am Wed 14 Nov 12

swindonman89 says...

there is a police point around the back off asda your often see there car's parked on the pavement opposite the bus stop's or in the bus lane
there is a police point around the back off asda your often see there car's parked on the pavement opposite the bus stop's or in the bus lane swindonman89
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10:04am Wed 14 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

Andy and Davey

I am fairly sure that there is a legal standard for the number of disabled spaces. 6% rings a bell.
Andy and Davey I am fairly sure that there is a legal standard for the number of disabled spaces. 6% rings a bell. The Real Librarian
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10:06am Wed 14 Nov 12

PlasticMan says...

Obviously the Police Car should not be there and should be at the petrol station where there is plenty of space to stop without causing an issue. However the general issue itself is that tickets should be issued to people who park in these spaces without the relevant badges. What is wrong with parking in the correct bay, are people stupid or lazy or both.
Obviously the Police Car should not be there and should be at the petrol station where there is plenty of space to stop without causing an issue. However the general issue itself is that tickets should be issued to people who park in these spaces without the relevant badges. What is wrong with parking in the correct bay, are people stupid or lazy or both. PlasticMan
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10:25am Wed 14 Nov 12

Army of Lovers says...

I wonder if this busybody bothered to take a photo of this mythical wheelchair user who was struggling to get into their car? I wonder why she didn't just drop her blue badge holding passenger off close to the shops then go and park up herself and walk?
It's far easier to have a moan about someone who has the cheek to work for a living and parks in a disabled bay in a car park that has more disabled parking bays than Swindon has disabled people...
I fear for this poor woman, I really do. She was "disgusted" by the incident. Imagine if she actually found the time to watch the news on TV. She'd see there are far worse things going on in the country and might have to have a sit down.
Really. What has this country become? Someone has found the time to moan about this? I ask you.
I wonder if this busybody bothered to take a photo of this mythical wheelchair user who was struggling to get into their car? I wonder why she didn't just drop her blue badge holding passenger off close to the shops then go and park up herself and walk? It's far easier to have a moan about someone who has the cheek to work for a living and parks in a disabled bay in a car park that has more disabled parking bays than Swindon has disabled people... I fear for this poor woman, I really do. She was "disgusted" by the incident. Imagine if she actually found the time to watch the news on TV. She'd see there are far worse things going on in the country and might have to have a sit down. Really. What has this country become? Someone has found the time to moan about this? I ask you. Army of Lovers
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10:43am Wed 14 Nov 12

beach1e says...

Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.
Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot. beach1e
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10:43am Wed 14 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

This must be the first time in supermarket history that ALL of the disabled parking bays were being used.

Let's be honest here, police cars do tend to park wherever they like. After all, we know what the response would be if anyone actually challenged them about it.
This must be the first time in supermarket history that ALL of the disabled parking bays were being used. [p] Let's be honest here, police cars do tend to park wherever they like. After all, we know what the response would be if anyone actually challenged them about it. I 2 Could B
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10:50am Wed 14 Nov 12

towny_gurl says...

If you go to Tesco's in Octatol Way you will see police cars parked in the disabled spaces and then you see the police in the store buying sandwiches.

To preempt the comments about having a chip on my shoulder - yes I have. I have been disabled for many years and people parking in disabled spots prevents people like me with disablilites from shopping.

It is bad enough when an able bodied person "steals" the parking spot, but the police should know better.
If you go to Tesco's in Octatol Way you will see police cars parked in the disabled spaces and then you see the police in the store buying sandwiches. To preempt the comments about having a chip on my shoulder - yes I have. I have been disabled for many years and people parking in disabled spots prevents people like me with disablilites from shopping. It is bad enough when an able bodied person "steals" the parking spot, but the police should know better. towny_gurl
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11:13am Wed 14 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

beach1e wrote:
Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.
As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety.
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.[/p][/quote]As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety. The Real Librarian
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11:16am Wed 14 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

I 2 Could B wrote:
This must be the first time in supermarket history that ALL of the disabled parking bays were being used. Let's be honest here, police cars do tend to park wherever they like. After all, we know what the response would be if anyone actually challenged them about it.
Well if it is anything like the situation that happened to Jake Copplestone in Marlborough, they would probably get arrested on invented charges, spend the night in a cell and have their phone confiscated and destroyed.

http://swns.com/news
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[quote][p][bold]I 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: This must be the first time in supermarket history that ALL of the disabled parking bays were being used. [p] Let's be honest here, police cars do tend to park wherever they like. After all, we know what the response would be if anyone actually challenged them about it.[/p][/quote]Well if it is anything like the situation that happened to Jake Copplestone in Marlborough, they would probably get arrested on invented charges, spend the night in a cell and have their phone confiscated and destroyed. http://swns.com/news /police-arrest-man-r ecording-iphone-lock -42-years-trying-hac k-it-26770/ The Real Librarian
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11:25am Wed 14 Nov 12

Ricky1 says...

Drivers need to be aware that it is an offence to park in a disabled space without a Blue Badge and the person who is on the badge photo being in the car. It is not an offence to use parent and child spaces but you can also get billed for using one in a private carpark.
At weekends the blue badge spaces in Asda are often fully occupied. The police were breaking the law by parking here.
Drivers need to be aware that it is an offence to park in a disabled space without a Blue Badge and the person who is on the badge photo being in the car. It is not an offence to use parent and child spaces but you can also get billed for using one in a private carpark. At weekends the blue badge spaces in Asda are often fully occupied. The police were breaking the law by parking here. Ricky1
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11:36am Wed 14 Nov 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@Ricky1

I think (could be wrong) that in a private car park it is not an offense to park in a disabled space. The car park operator/owner can ask you to leave and possibly try to fine you enforceable through the small claims court subject to adequate signage of their being a penalty for misuse.

In a public car park, the situation is different.

The ASDA car park in question; I'm pretty sure is a private car park.
@Ricky1 I think (could be wrong) that in a private car park it is not an offense to park in a disabled space. The car park operator/owner can ask you to leave and possibly try to fine you enforceable through the small claims court subject to adequate signage of their being a penalty for misuse. In a public car park, the situation is different. The ASDA car park in question; I'm pretty sure is a private car park. LordAshOfTheBrake
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12:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

SpeakUp says...

Sadly the police nowadays seem to think they are above the law. Just walk past the 'police point' in town any day and you'll see police cars parked on double yellow lines, often even obstructing the corner. The serious grief a friend of mine got when he commented to a uniformed police officer who was getting out his car there puts me off challenging them! With power comes responsibility - shame the police have forgotten this.
Sadly the police nowadays seem to think they are above the law. Just walk past the 'police point' in town any day and you'll see police cars parked on double yellow lines, often even obstructing the corner. The serious grief a friend of mine got when he commented to a uniformed police officer who was getting out his car there puts me off challenging them! With power comes responsibility - shame the police have forgotten this. SpeakUp
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1:16pm Wed 14 Nov 12

tholns says...

Army of Lovers wrote:
I wonder if this busybody bothered to take a photo of this mythical wheelchair user who was struggling to get into their car? I wonder why she didn't just drop her blue badge holding passenger off close to the shops then go and park up herself and walk?
It's far easier to have a moan about someone who has the cheek to work for a living and parks in a disabled bay in a car park that has more disabled parking bays than Swindon has disabled people...
I fear for this poor woman, I really do. She was "disgusted" by the incident. Imagine if she actually found the time to watch the news on TV. She'd see there are far worse things going on in the country and might have to have a sit down.
Really. What has this country become? Someone has found the time to moan about this? I ask you.
i think you need to get your facts right!as a disabled person i know for a fact there are not enough disabled parking spaces in swindon! and the ones that are around are used by people who have blue badges but dont actually need them.
As for dropping the wheelchair user closer, thats a stupid idea as it is really dangerous
[quote][p][bold]Army of Lovers[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this busybody bothered to take a photo of this mythical wheelchair user who was struggling to get into their car? I wonder why she didn't just drop her blue badge holding passenger off close to the shops then go and park up herself and walk? It's far easier to have a moan about someone who has the cheek to work for a living and parks in a disabled bay in a car park that has more disabled parking bays than Swindon has disabled people... I fear for this poor woman, I really do. She was "disgusted" by the incident. Imagine if she actually found the time to watch the news on TV. She'd see there are far worse things going on in the country and might have to have a sit down. Really. What has this country become? Someone has found the time to moan about this? I ask you.[/p][/quote]i think you need to get your facts right!as a disabled person i know for a fact there are not enough disabled parking spaces in swindon! and the ones that are around are used by people who have blue badges but dont actually need them. As for dropping the wheelchair user closer, thats a stupid idea as it is really dangerous tholns
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1:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

tholns says...

adver jurnolist wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example.
I also think there are too many parent / child parking places...too many pedestrian crossings and also feel that too much money has been spent on the paving slabs which help the blind identify when they are approaching a road.....
You are obviously not disabled to make a statement like that !!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]adver jurnolist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Although I do not excuse the copper parking there,I do think there are far too many disabled spaces everywhere. Asda is a prime example.[/p][/quote]I also think there are too many parent / child parking places...too many pedestrian crossings and also feel that too much money has been spent on the paving slabs which help the blind identify when they are approaching a road.....[/p][/quote]You are obviously not disabled to make a statement like that !!!!!!! tholns
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1:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jrc606 says...

Whilst I understand the arguments that some people have put on here there are also some very ignorant and short sighted remarks. Firstly it is not, nor has it ever been a criminal offence for anyone to park in a disabled bay. It is a civil wrong and as such covered by tort. All forms of parking offences were de criminalized quite some years ago. Secondly this article refers to the police car being illegally parked. Well unfortunately that is impossible as once again, its not a criminal offence. The vehicle would have to be causing an obstruction to be the case.
Finally there are some people on here who clearly think it us unacceptable for the police to park anywhere near the station and think the same rules should apply to them as do to us. This is a preposterous and ignorant position to hold. The police need to access there vehicles at speed at any time incase one of us calls in an emergency. Im sure most of you would be the first to complain if the police too that extra second to arrive when you called them resulting in the offender escaping or someone one being injured. I don't know how many people actually feel it is a good idea for the police to run to the other side of a car park, or even better in the case of the town center, to the nearest car park to make it to their car so that they can then get to us in need of help. The police are there to do a job to protect us, just because they can contravene some rules is acceptable, people need to be realistic. Im not excusing the officer who parked in this space as none of us yet know the reasons why, but likewise I'm not being so quick to say what they did was wrong. Most people on here are jumping to conclusions assuming that what they did was wrong. How do you know? Someone could have been in serious trouble inside the store.
Whilst I understand the arguments that some people have put on here there are also some very ignorant and short sighted remarks. Firstly it is not, nor has it ever been a criminal offence for anyone to park in a disabled bay. It is a civil wrong and as such covered by tort. All forms of parking offences were de criminalized quite some years ago. Secondly this article refers to the police car being illegally parked. Well unfortunately that is impossible as once again, its not a criminal offence. The vehicle would have to be causing an obstruction to be the case. Finally there are some people on here who clearly think it us unacceptable for the police to park anywhere near the station and think the same rules should apply to them as do to us. This is a preposterous and ignorant position to hold. The police need to access there vehicles at speed at any time incase one of us calls in an emergency. Im sure most of you would be the first to complain if the police too that extra second to arrive when you called them resulting in the offender escaping or someone one being injured. I don't know how many people actually feel it is a good idea for the police to run to the other side of a car park, or even better in the case of the town center, to the nearest car park to make it to their car so that they can then get to us in need of help. The police are there to do a job to protect us, just because they can contravene some rules is acceptable, people need to be realistic. Im not excusing the officer who parked in this space as none of us yet know the reasons why, but likewise I'm not being so quick to say what they did was wrong. Most people on here are jumping to conclusions assuming that what they did was wrong. How do you know? Someone could have been in serious trouble inside the store. jrc606
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1:29pm Wed 14 Nov 12

tholns says...

jrc606 wrote:
Whilst I understand the arguments that some people have put on here there are also some very ignorant and short sighted remarks. Firstly it is not, nor has it ever been a criminal offence for anyone to park in a disabled bay. It is a civil wrong and as such covered by tort. All forms of parking offences were de criminalized quite some years ago. Secondly this article refers to the police car being illegally parked. Well unfortunately that is impossible as once again, its not a criminal offence. The vehicle would have to be causing an obstruction to be the case.
Finally there are some people on here who clearly think it us unacceptable for the police to park anywhere near the station and think the same rules should apply to them as do to us. This is a preposterous and ignorant position to hold. The police need to access there vehicles at speed at any time incase one of us calls in an emergency. Im sure most of you would be the first to complain if the police too that extra second to arrive when you called them resulting in the offender escaping or someone one being injured. I don't know how many people actually feel it is a good idea for the police to run to the other side of a car park, or even better in the case of the town center, to the nearest car park to make it to their car so that they can then get to us in need of help. The police are there to do a job to protect us, just because they can contravene some rules is acceptable, people need to be realistic. Im not excusing the officer who parked in this space as none of us yet know the reasons why, but likewise I'm not being so quick to say what they did was wrong. Most people on here are jumping to conclusions assuming that what they did was wrong. How do you know? Someone could have been in serious trouble inside the store.
if it is not an offence, how come you can get a ticket if you park in a disabled space without a badge?
[quote][p][bold]jrc606[/bold] wrote: Whilst I understand the arguments that some people have put on here there are also some very ignorant and short sighted remarks. Firstly it is not, nor has it ever been a criminal offence for anyone to park in a disabled bay. It is a civil wrong and as such covered by tort. All forms of parking offences were de criminalized quite some years ago. Secondly this article refers to the police car being illegally parked. Well unfortunately that is impossible as once again, its not a criminal offence. The vehicle would have to be causing an obstruction to be the case. Finally there are some people on here who clearly think it us unacceptable for the police to park anywhere near the station and think the same rules should apply to them as do to us. This is a preposterous and ignorant position to hold. The police need to access there vehicles at speed at any time incase one of us calls in an emergency. Im sure most of you would be the first to complain if the police too that extra second to arrive when you called them resulting in the offender escaping or someone one being injured. I don't know how many people actually feel it is a good idea for the police to run to the other side of a car park, or even better in the case of the town center, to the nearest car park to make it to their car so that they can then get to us in need of help. The police are there to do a job to protect us, just because they can contravene some rules is acceptable, people need to be realistic. Im not excusing the officer who parked in this space as none of us yet know the reasons why, but likewise I'm not being so quick to say what they did was wrong. Most people on here are jumping to conclusions assuming that what they did was wrong. How do you know? Someone could have been in serious trouble inside the store.[/p][/quote]if it is not an offence, how come you can get a ticket if you park in a disabled space without a badge? tholns
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1:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

I play it safe and treat most people as stupid and lazy. No more is this apparant than at supermarket car parks. The stuff I have observed and the damage caused to peoples vehicles means i park as far away from others as I can. The outer areas of the car parks are nice and quiet due to what i've mentioned.
I play it safe and treat most people as stupid and lazy. No more is this apparant than at supermarket car parks. The stuff I have observed and the damage caused to peoples vehicles means i park as far away from others as I can. The outer areas of the car parks are nice and quiet due to what i've mentioned. Davey Gravey
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1:39pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jrc606 says...

tholns - You don't have to commit a criminal offence to be issued with a ticket. A ticket is merely an agreement to pay to prevent further action. Either criminal (in the case of for example contravening a red light) or civil. Parking enforcement officers in Swindon and other towns are called Civil Enforcement Officers for a reason.
tholns - You don't have to commit a criminal offence to be issued with a ticket. A ticket is merely an agreement to pay to prevent further action. Either criminal (in the case of for example contravening a red light) or civil. Parking enforcement officers in Swindon and other towns are called Civil Enforcement Officers for a reason. jrc606
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1:48pm Wed 14 Nov 12

AndySN3 says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
I play it safe and treat most people as stupid and lazy. No more is this apparant than at supermarket car parks. The stuff I have observed and the damage caused to peoples vehicles means i park as far away from others as I can. The outer areas of the car parks are nice and quiet due to what i've mentioned.
Good point, there seems to be this race to park nearest the door, I have seen people park where spaces don't even exist!!!
To me it seems that people are abusing the system, I personally know of people who use "blue badges" for parking that don't even belong to them.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: I play it safe and treat most people as stupid and lazy. No more is this apparant than at supermarket car parks. The stuff I have observed and the damage caused to peoples vehicles means i park as far away from others as I can. The outer areas of the car parks are nice and quiet due to what i've mentioned.[/p][/quote]Good point, there seems to be this race to park nearest the door, I have seen people park where spaces don't even exist!!! To me it seems that people are abusing the system, I personally know of people who use "blue badges" for parking that don't even belong to them. AndySN3
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1:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Oldswindonian says...

This is a non story as usual. The police officer was called to the store to deal with an issue. He probably parked in the most expedient way and had more rights than the able bodied knob-heads who are often seen parking in these slots with not a care in the world. Also agree with some of the above comments that whomever took the photo is a busybody and needs to get a life.
This is a non story as usual. The police officer was called to the store to deal with an issue. He probably parked in the most expedient way and had more rights than the able bodied knob-heads who are often seen parking in these slots with not a care in the world. Also agree with some of the above comments that whomever took the photo is a busybody and needs to get a life. Oldswindonian
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1:59pm Wed 14 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

as previously mentioned,there are loads of people who use the "wrong" space in car parks.just because this was a police car doesnt make it right but maybe they should charge the photographer with "extreme nosiness".there are loads of disabled spaces wherever we go,some never used it would seem.the mother/toddler spaces are a joke,why should anyone park closer to the doors just because theyve got kids? like everything else,people have become lazy and dont want to spend their "precious" time teaching their offspring road safety.ive got to go,ive just seen a bloke outside my house with a camera,apparently my car isnt parked straight in my own driveway.
as previously mentioned,there are loads of people who use the "wrong" space in car parks.just because this was a police car doesnt make it right but maybe they should charge the photographer with "extreme nosiness".there are loads of disabled spaces wherever we go,some never used it would seem.the mother/toddler spaces are a joke,why should anyone park closer to the doors just because theyve got kids? like everything else,people have become lazy and dont want to spend their "precious" time teaching their offspring road safety.ive got to go,ive just seen a bloke outside my house with a camera,apparently my car isnt parked straight in my own driveway. timt1964
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2:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Coolhandkeith says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
@Ricky1 I think (could be wrong) that in a private car park it is not an offense to park in a disabled space. The car park operator/owner can ask you to leave and possibly try to fine you enforceable through the small claims court subject to adequate signage of their being a penalty for misuse. In a public car park, the situation is different. The ASDA car park in question; I'm pretty sure is a private car park.
The words get a life come to mind there are people getting killed on a daily basis and other far more important things to worry about in this world than this idiotic woman taking pictures of people trying to do their job you can go to any supermarket in the world and people park in disabled bays because basically they are too lazy to walk a few yards extra so put it behind you and move on lady
And piece was restored at 14.01
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: @Ricky1 I think (could be wrong) that in a private car park it is not an offense to park in a disabled space. The car park operator/owner can ask you to leave and possibly try to fine you enforceable through the small claims court subject to adequate signage of their being a penalty for misuse. In a public car park, the situation is different. The ASDA car park in question; I'm pretty sure is a private car park.[/p][/quote]The words get a life come to mind there are people getting killed on a daily basis and other far more important things to worry about in this world than this idiotic woman taking pictures of people trying to do their job you can go to any supermarket in the world and people park in disabled bays because basically they are too lazy to walk a few yards extra so put it behind you and move on lady And piece was restored at 14.01 Coolhandkeith
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2:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around.
also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around. timt1964
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2:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@Coolhandkeith

Why are you quoting me and then suggesting I get a life?
@Coolhandkeith Why are you quoting me and then suggesting I get a life? LordAshOfTheBrake
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4:57pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Worked Hard says...

I guess he saw all the people that clearly dont need blue badges, are using them in contrevention of the rules or are taking advantage of the mobility scheme parked there and thought what the hell..... when in Rome !! If he had good reason to be there then fair play but I does get on my nerves when people use these bays when they shouldnt regardless of how busy the carpark is or how many disabled spaces are free.
I guess he saw all the people that clearly dont need blue badges, are using them in contrevention of the rules or are taking advantage of the mobility scheme parked there and thought what the hell..... when in Rome !! If he had good reason to be there then fair play but I does get on my nerves when people use these bays when they shouldnt regardless of how busy the carpark is or how many disabled spaces are free. Worked Hard
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5:13pm Wed 14 Nov 12

msw says...

& this is News!!!!! ? really...... I am sure the Police did not want to be in ASDA on a Saturday, and probably could not park in front of the store on the double yellows as the lazy lot had it fully parked up.............
& this is News!!!!! ? really...... I am sure the Police did not want to be in ASDA on a Saturday, and probably could not park in front of the store on the double yellows as the lazy lot had it fully parked up............. msw
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7:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

itsamess3 says...

Disability does not always mean a person is entitled to apply for a blue badge.
The rules set out--mainly--the distance the disabled person is able to walk without aid.
Quite clearly if a person is genuinely disabled and needs a wheelchair or motorised buggy--they need both space and assistance to transfer to another device.
I visited a well known supermarket recently and waiting by the disabled spaces was an elderly gentleman i had not seen for many years and did not until then know he was now disabled. I asked him why he was waiting by the disabled spaces and he said "my carer is parked in the regular spaces waiting to pick me up after we completed our shopping.
The problem being-as soon as a space became available it was filled by usually a single occupant vehicle with no disabled passenger on board.
In 30 mins i saw mothers with kids-able bodied adults and boy racers all fill the spaces.
Do folk care? Not from the abuse i received when i politely asked why they did not respect disabled persons.
I say to all those folk--i do hope that you are never unfortunate enough to be disabled and witness the selfish attitude of many.
Disability does not always mean a person is entitled to apply for a blue badge. The rules set out--mainly--the distance the disabled person is able to walk without aid. Quite clearly if a person is genuinely disabled and needs a wheelchair or motorised buggy--they need both space and assistance to transfer to another device. I visited a well known supermarket recently and waiting by the disabled spaces was an elderly gentleman i had not seen for many years and did not until then know he was now disabled. I asked him why he was waiting by the disabled spaces and he said "my carer is parked in the regular spaces waiting to pick me up after we completed our shopping. The problem being-as soon as a space became available it was filled by usually a single occupant vehicle with no disabled passenger on board. In 30 mins i saw mothers with kids-able bodied adults and boy racers all fill the spaces. Do folk care? Not from the abuse i received when i politely asked why they did not respect disabled persons. I say to all those folk--i do hope that you are never unfortunate enough to be disabled and witness the selfish attitude of many. itsamess3
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7:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

itsamess3 wrote:
Disability does not always mean a person is entitled to apply for a blue badge.
The rules set out--mainly--the distance the disabled person is able to walk without aid.
Quite clearly if a person is genuinely disabled and needs a wheelchair or motorised buggy--they need both space and assistance to transfer to another device.
I visited a well known supermarket recently and waiting by the disabled spaces was an elderly gentleman i had not seen for many years and did not until then know he was now disabled. I asked him why he was waiting by the disabled spaces and he said "my carer is parked in the regular spaces waiting to pick me up after we completed our shopping.
The problem being-as soon as a space became available it was filled by usually a single occupant vehicle with no disabled passenger on board.
In 30 mins i saw mothers with kids-able bodied adults and boy racers all fill the spaces.
Do folk care? Not from the abuse i received when i politely asked why they did not respect disabled persons.
I say to all those folk--i do hope that you are never unfortunate enough to be disabled and witness the selfish attitude of many.
Spot on messy. Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]itsamess3[/bold] wrote: Disability does not always mean a person is entitled to apply for a blue badge. The rules set out--mainly--the distance the disabled person is able to walk without aid. Quite clearly if a person is genuinely disabled and needs a wheelchair or motorised buggy--they need both space and assistance to transfer to another device. I visited a well known supermarket recently and waiting by the disabled spaces was an elderly gentleman i had not seen for many years and did not until then know he was now disabled. I asked him why he was waiting by the disabled spaces and he said "my carer is parked in the regular spaces waiting to pick me up after we completed our shopping. The problem being-as soon as a space became available it was filled by usually a single occupant vehicle with no disabled passenger on board. In 30 mins i saw mothers with kids-able bodied adults and boy racers all fill the spaces. Do folk care? Not from the abuse i received when i politely asked why they did not respect disabled persons. I say to all those folk--i do hope that you are never unfortunate enough to be disabled and witness the selfish attitude of many.[/p][/quote]Spot on messy. Spot on. Davey Gravey
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7:58pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dogchops says...

timt1964 wrote:
also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around.
If the camera wielding super hero has some spare time could they go down Manchester Road and sort out the parking problems down there. No one else seems to be bothered.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around.[/p][/quote]If the camera wielding super hero has some spare time could they go down Manchester Road and sort out the parking problems down there. No one else seems to be bothered. dogchops
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8:43pm Wed 14 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

dogchops wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around.
If the camera wielding super hero has some spare time could they go down Manchester Road and sort out the parking problems down there. No one else seems to be bothered.
dont you know different rules seem to apply to our immigrant community.manchester road is one of the worst but like you say nothing seems to be done by the "enforcement" patrols.
[quote][p][bold]dogchops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: also,if this anonymous vigilante saw the disabled lady struggling why didnt they go and assist? better than standing and watching.its nice to know the streets of swindon are safe with these camera wielding super heroes around.[/p][/quote]If the camera wielding super hero has some spare time could they go down Manchester Road and sort out the parking problems down there. No one else seems to be bothered.[/p][/quote]dont you know different rules seem to apply to our immigrant community.manchester road is one of the worst but like you say nothing seems to be done by the "enforcement" patrols. timt1964
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9:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Bobobos says...

Spoke with a guy parked on double yellows outside a bookies. He was his partners carer and was placing a bet for his partner who was at home. Badge in window.

Need I say anymore?
Spoke with a guy parked on double yellows outside a bookies. He was his partners carer and was placing a bet for his partner who was at home. Badge in window. Need I say anymore? Bobobos
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9:04pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Moth says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
beach1e wrote:
Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.
As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety.
How on earth did we manage 30 years ago when "child parking spaces" hadn't been thought of? Yes. That's right. We managed just fine.

As for the disabled parking spaces. I'm glad I'm not disabled and thankful that I don't have to use them.

I do think though, that there is too many at ASDA. Not the first time I've seen maybe one or two with disabled badges on the cars but the rest obviously belonging to able bodied people.

Getting parked up there at the weekend can be a nightmare so it's little wonder able bodied people park in the disabled spaces.

However, that said, I'll find myself an ordinary parking space - even if that means having to walk a distance to the store.

Another thing that really infuriates me at ASDA is idiotic drivers double parking their cars at the taxi pick-up points and partially blocking the already narrow road.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.[/p][/quote]As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety.[/p][/quote]How on earth did we manage 30 years ago when "child parking spaces" hadn't been thought of? Yes. That's right. We managed just fine. As for the disabled parking spaces. I'm glad I'm not disabled and thankful that I don't have to use them. I do think though, that there is too many at ASDA. Not the first time I've seen maybe one or two with disabled badges on the cars but the rest obviously belonging to able bodied people. Getting parked up there at the weekend can be a nightmare so it's little wonder able bodied people park in the disabled spaces. However, that said, I'll find myself an ordinary parking space - even if that means having to walk a distance to the store. Another thing that really infuriates me at ASDA is idiotic drivers double parking their cars at the taxi pick-up points and partially blocking the already narrow road. Moth
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9:28pm Wed 14 Nov 12

faatmaan says...

we must really congragulate Honda Swindon on its policy of employing so many disabled staff, popped into the Sun Inn Carpark at Coate , and a few of the disabled spaces were filled with Honda vehicles displaying the staff logo, but able bodied people either got out of or into these vehicles, this is out of proportion in real life, but sums up the lack of respect shown by able bodied people who just want a space as close to the door from any company or individuals,
we must really congragulate Honda Swindon on its policy of employing so many disabled staff, popped into the Sun Inn Carpark at Coate , and a few of the disabled spaces were filled with Honda vehicles displaying the staff logo, but able bodied people either got out of or into these vehicles, this is out of proportion in real life, but sums up the lack of respect shown by able bodied people who just want a space as close to the door from any company or individuals, faatmaan
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3:43am Thu 15 Nov 12

SpeakUp says...

I am astonished at how many people seem to believe the police can do whatever they want to do, however morally or legally wrong they are. Not a great precedent to believe in. What else will they assume they can do? The police, of all people, should be beyond reproach. On this occasion they have clearly failed. Epically.
I am astonished at how many people seem to believe the police can do whatever they want to do, however morally or legally wrong they are. Not a great precedent to believe in. What else will they assume they can do? The police, of all people, should be beyond reproach. On this occasion they have clearly failed. Epically. SpeakUp
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6:46am Thu 15 Nov 12

Alan B'stard says...

The police should be able to do what they want.

And that goes for giving ruffians a clip round the ear and all.
The police should be able to do what they want. And that goes for giving ruffians a clip round the ear and all. Alan B'stard
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9:55am Thu 15 Nov 12

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Moth wrote:
The Real Librarian wrote:
beach1e wrote:
Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.
As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety.
How on earth did we manage 30 years ago when "child parking spaces" hadn't been thought of? Yes. That's right. We managed just fine.

As for the disabled parking spaces. I'm glad I'm not disabled and thankful that I don't have to use them.

I do think though, that there is too many at ASDA. Not the first time I've seen maybe one or two with disabled badges on the cars but the rest obviously belonging to able bodied people.

Getting parked up there at the weekend can be a nightmare so it's little wonder able bodied people park in the disabled spaces.

However, that said, I'll find myself an ordinary parking space - even if that means having to walk a distance to the store.

Another thing that really infuriates me at ASDA is idiotic drivers double parking their cars at the taxi pick-up points and partially blocking the already narrow road.
We coped 30 years ago, because babies were often carried in the arms of the mother rather than in a much safer child seat.

30 years ago, cars were not as big as they are now. Car manufacturers have consistently created wider and wider cars, partly because of increasing safety legislation, but also because of consumer demand. Unfortunately, laws and guidelines governing minimum parking space size have not kept up with this, leading to the current situation where many cars are actually too wide to open the door and get these child seats out of the car.
[quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: Im never sure why spaces closest to the shops are reserved for parents with young children or so many for the disabled. Firstly why take your young children to the supermarket? If you are using a pram/pushchair it doesn't matter where you park and I appreciate that not all disabled people use wheelchairs, but if you are a wheelchair user, you don't need to be parking right by the store either.Parents and toddlers parking shouldn't be in force 24 hours a day as you shouldn't be taking children to the shops all day.From experience I think its safer to have these bays further away from the store as its amazing how many people reverse out with no consideration for people on foot.[/p][/quote]As a parent I can tell you its not important where they are, its the extra width for getting kids and buggies in and out of the car in safety.[/p][/quote]How on earth did we manage 30 years ago when "child parking spaces" hadn't been thought of? Yes. That's right. We managed just fine. As for the disabled parking spaces. I'm glad I'm not disabled and thankful that I don't have to use them. I do think though, that there is too many at ASDA. Not the first time I've seen maybe one or two with disabled badges on the cars but the rest obviously belonging to able bodied people. Getting parked up there at the weekend can be a nightmare so it's little wonder able bodied people park in the disabled spaces. However, that said, I'll find myself an ordinary parking space - even if that means having to walk a distance to the store. Another thing that really infuriates me at ASDA is idiotic drivers double parking their cars at the taxi pick-up points and partially blocking the already narrow road.[/p][/quote]We coped 30 years ago, because babies were often carried in the arms of the mother rather than in a much safer child seat. 30 years ago, cars were not as big as they are now. Car manufacturers have consistently created wider and wider cars, partly because of increasing safety legislation, but also because of consumer demand. Unfortunately, laws and guidelines governing minimum parking space size have not kept up with this, leading to the current situation where many cars are actually too wide to open the door and get these child seats out of the car. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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9:57am Thu 15 Nov 12

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

As for the ridiculous comment about "why take your children to the supermarket?"

What else would I do with them? Leave them home alone while I do the weekly shop?
As for the ridiculous comment about "why take your children to the supermarket?" What else would I do with them? Leave them home alone while I do the weekly shop? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:59am Thu 15 Nov 12

Highworth Lad says...

Alan B'stard wrote:
The police should be able to do what they want. And that goes for giving ruffians a clip round the ear and all.
Agreed - also I don’t think there should be any special bays as I think it is predigest against able people and people with out kids. (i do have kids by the way)
[quote][p][bold]Alan B'stard[/bold] wrote: The police should be able to do what they want. And that goes for giving ruffians a clip round the ear and all.[/p][/quote]Agreed - also I don’t think there should be any special bays as I think it is predigest against able people and people with out kids. (i do have kids by the way) Highworth Lad
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8:45pm Thu 15 Nov 12

The Patrician says...

The police have enough to deal with without having to deal with what is obviously a malicious complaint - did they check the other parked cars for disabled badges ?
The police have enough to deal with without having to deal with what is obviously a malicious complaint - did they check the other parked cars for disabled badges ? The Patrician
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12:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

jamos01 says...

as is the norm they gettaway with everything they want to. and what!
as is the norm they gettaway with everything they want to. and what! jamos01
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