Supermarket car parks breaking disability discrimination laws
Supermarkets who set a limit on how long their customers can use their car parks are breaking disability discrimination laws, according to an investigation by the BBC.
Increasingly, supermarkets enlist the help of private firms to oversee car parking, using keen-eyed patrol twats and automatic number plate recognition to ensure that customers don’t hang around for too long, er, buying stuff (no, us neither.)
But in a survey by the BBC’s Breakfast programme (Susannah Reid eh fellas?) about two thirds of 124 large supermarkets from the big four chains confirmed that their parking regulations don’t allow any extra time for disabled people to shop, something which flies in the face of the Disability Discrimination Act.
Neil Coyle, from the charity Disability Alliance, told the Beeb: "Supermarkets need to acknowledge there is a problem, and secondly, very quickly they need to ensure their car parking procedures conform with the law.
"You or I can stamp our feet and say how outrageous it is but at the end of the day there is a law that protects disabled people from this happening," adding that the supermarkets need to end the "unfair charges" or "they can wait until someone takes a legal case and potentially face a considerable compensation case".
Our favourite unfair charge of course, was the one brazenly advertised by Sainsburys in Kettering which was a whopping £50 for a stay in excess of two and half hours. Thankfully, the charge has since been amended, as has the sign, possibly by someone with feet for hands (who ironically would qualify for a longer stay in the car park, feet for hands of course being a recognised disability).