Disabled Parking for Staff

Hi all

Do we legally have to provide designated disabled bays to staff who state that they are disabled on their Application Form etc or can we insist that only those who have a Blue Badge are entitled to a designated disabled parking bay?

We have historically allocated designated parking bays to approx 4 individuals - only one of which has a blue badge - but we're now moving to new Offices and would like to know if we still have to provide these or can we insist that only Blue Badge holders are provided with designated disabled parking bays?


  • You have to make reasonable adjustments for any staff who qualify under the EA. Reasonable adjustment may or may not include the provision of a designated parking bay depending on what the disability is.

    May be corrected but not sure the blue badge is here or there to be honest.

    I would have thought that your new offices would, under planning regulations, probably have too few general parking spaces and too many designated disabled bays.

  • But what if the individual uses this as a "convenience" rather than a requirement? We have a couple of individuals that STATE they require it but a number of individuals are doubtful as result of knowing what their mobility is like outside of work!
  • Then you have to make a judgement call as to if this is a reasonable adjustment or not taking into account all the evidence that you possess. Its no different really from providing any other adjustment - it will rarely be black and white.
  • I agree with Keith.

    As you're moving to new offices I think it would be a good idea as part of that process to assess the needs of all your disabled staff to see how the changed environment might impact them (lifts/stairs/toilet access, amount of walking needed, desk arrangements,etc). As part of that, you can assess car parking needs and make a decision on who needs a space and who potentially doesn't.

    Hope that helps,

  • Just to clarify - having a blue badge does not necessarily relate to mobility.  A colleague's husband was issued with a blue badge following the removal of a lung.  He remained perfectly mobile however.  Granted, rules may have changed over the years ...
  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    14 Feb, 2013 16:32

    We've had one or two similar threads over the years... like this one, to which David B contributed.


  • Judging by the number of blue badge holders I see park in the disabled bays in our extremely hilly village - Robin Hood's Bay - then spend an hour or two exercising their lungs on cigarettes whilst walking up and down the cliff or walk their dogs on the beach I'd be inclined to forget the blue badge holders and do whats already been suggested by simply looking at it from the 'reasonable adjustments' approach.

    (If you feel there's going to be a few trying to pull the wool over your eyes, you could always put the disabled bays in the far corner of the car park. ;-)  It's amazing what capacity this has for improving the health of those concerned.  ;-)   ).

  • Blanket labelling of people as disabled ie wheelchairs users is not helpful. Ii would give spaces to people with a mobility issue not because they are deaf, or suffer from MS, cancer HIV etc unless the effect is to reduce their mobility. I would also do it irrespective of some nonsensical legal definition which can only be decided by a Tribunal. let common sense prevail