Drivers wrongly using disabled bays face fines
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010
SHOPPERS had better be on their best behaviour at Exmouth s forthcoming new supermarket development - as ASDA pledges to fine dishonest drivers.
SHOPPERS had better be on their best behaviour at Exmouth's forthcoming new supermarket development - as ASDA pledges to fine dishonest drivers.
The supermarket chain - recently named as the preferred bidder in talks over a new town centre superstore - has announced a decision to fine able-bodied motorists caught parking in bays for disabled drivers.
After four of five surveyed customers supported fines, ASDA has decided to hand £60 fines to all drivers misusing the bays, beginning this week. A planning application for a proposed ASDA Exmouth is likely to be submitted this autumn.
National disabled motorists' charity Mobilise welcomed the news. Campaigns director Helen Smith said: "Since 2002, our organisation, as part of our Baywatch campaign, has been putting pressure on the supermarkets to tackle this problem. This year the Baywatch survey showed at ASDA 23 per cent of the disabled bays were being abused, so I am glad they have decided to tackle this problem head on.
"Not being able to park in a disabled bays means that some disabled people will not be able to do their shopping. We sincerely hope that other supermarkets will follow.