The DMF would like to see the following instigated:
1.A truly national policy, i.e. the government laying down the rules for disabled parking. This would stop the present appalling situation where disabled people have to know the ‘Bye Laws’ of every authority in the country before parking. Examples:- Skegness only offers free parking in marked bays (result parking on double yellows is rampant), Sunderland does not charge for disabled parking but Chester-le-Street, just next door, does. A true National Policy would mean that if you pay in Cornwall, then you pay in Sutherland and all authorities in between. If you only get free parking in marked disabled bays, then all authorities should give free parking in marked bays. If we are going to pay for on street parking at the meter in Manchester then we should also do so in London. If we are refused access to resident only bays in South Tyneside then so should we in Sunderland etc. We believe that without a system that is the same throughout the country the scheme can never work properly. We do believe that each authority can, and should decide what to charge, but not whether to charge, and when to prosecute, but nothing else.