Mis­use the dis­abled bay and you’ll pay

Su­per­mar­ket will fine driv­ers £40

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TESCO stores in west Lon­don will fine shop­pers £40 if they mis­use the dis­abled park­ing bays.

It is part of a na­tion­wide scheme to clamp down on bad park­ing.

A spokesper­son for the su­per­mar­ket said the plan was on trial at 81 stores, be­fore be­ing rolled out to 200 oth­ers, although they would not con­firm which branches in west Lon­don would be tar­geted first.

The spokesman said: “Many of our dis­abled cus­tomers rely on our dis­abled park­ing bays, so we’ve in­tro­duced our self-mon­i­tor­ing ini­tia­tive to high­light the im­por­tance of us­ing the bays prop­erly, mak­ing it fairer and eas­ier for ev­ery­one to find a park­ing space in Tesco.”

The com­pany has in­sisted it will not make money from the scheme, but feels a closer eye needs to be kept on the mis­use of bays – in­clud­ing those who park in the chil­dren’s bay in­cor­rectly.

Tesco’s car park op­er­a­tions ex­ec­u­tive Cat Parkin­son said: “The new self-mon­i­tor­ing al­lows stores to bet­ter con­trol their car park, to help pro­tect the dis­abled bays.

“Se­lected stores have been given a mon­i­tor­ing de­vice, which en­ables them to is­sue park­ing charge no­tices to peo­ple mis­us­ing these spa­ces. This makes park­ing at Tesco fairer for ev­ery­one.”

She added: “We want to change at­ti­tudes to­wards the mis­use of dis­abled bays by high­light­ing the im­por­tance of dis­abled bays be­ing used prop­erly. I hope the scheme will help our dis­abled cus­tomers shop with ease in our stores.”

We want to change at­ti­tudes to­wards mis­use of bays

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