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Parking Issue At Work

I am in the process of going to a tribunal for DLA and I am aware that, if this is approved, I will get a blue badge for my car.

In the meantime, I’m having problems with getting a parking space near to the entrance to where I work. There are disabled parking spaces but as yet I haven’t parked in them because I don’t have a blue badge. However under the Equality Act 2010 I notice that multiple sclerosis (along with HIV and cancer) are automatically considered a disability from date of diagnosis.

The manager did suggest I park next to her space when I mentioned my severe joint pain at the beginning of the year (although this has been forgotten - conveniently) and not long ago I was asked when my blue badge would arrive!!!

I would appreciate your thoughts

Take care

Pen xx

If parking nearer would help you then I can’t see why they shouldn’t give you a space as a reasonable adjustment. Have you spoken to your occupational health person/department and asked to have an assessment? Access to Work might be able to help if you have problems. MS is classed as a disability as far as The Equality Act is concerned (and therefore employers must, by law, make readinable adjustments to allow you to stay in work), but it doesn’t mean that we automatically get things like blue badges. Karen x

Autocorrect thinks that readinable is much better than reasonable for reasons known only to it. Sigh.

If you’re having problems with walking and mobility you should be entitled to a blue badge without having DLA.

I have a blue badge but not DLA. You can apply online and your Dr will send a letter to back you up.

You could park in disabled and put a note in your window saying ‘blue badge applied for’ if it’s a private car park that might work.

I have a blue badge but don’t park in the disabled spaces at school (where I work) the parents park there to drop their children off.

The head keeps asking them not to but will the big 4x4 owners listen? #

Good luck.

Jen x

Hi, I think what you are saying is that the parking spaces close to the door are disabled spaces and since you don’t have a blue badge you can’t park in them. If you got high rate mobility dla you would automatically get a blue badge so could park in the spaces at the door. However, you could still apply for a badge anyway. I’m a bit confused because you say your manager suggested parking next to her, does she park in a disabled space? I’m guessing if she doesn’t that maybe she parks in the next available closest space, can’t see why you couldn’t do the same tbh. You need to bring this up again with your manager an explain the situation and say that you really would benefit from being closer to the door. In the meantime could they make an exception and let you park in a disabled space anyway until you get sorted with a blue badge. If the disabled spaces are on a public road then I can see why this wouldn’t be possible but if its a private company with its own car park can’t see why they can’t make an exception for now until you get sorted with a blue badge. Cheryl:-)

Thanks everyone for your comments. The manager has their own specified parking space and the space next to it is a visitors space. I was parking here as they had suggested but subsequently they then asked when my blue badge would arrive !!!

I think I will speak about it with them as well as apply for the blue badge - can’t hurt and at least I’ll be covered both ways

Take care everyone and have a lovely weekend

Pen xx

If the manager has her own specified parking space and the one next to it is a visitors space I can see absolutely no reason why the visitors space can’t be re specified as your designated parking space. Sounds like a reasonable adjustment to me! Most visitors aren’t going to be aware of the fact that there used to be a visitors space there and it ha been re specified. A visitor can park elsewhere and if they are a disabled visitor they can park in a disabled space. Should not really matter if the visitors space is a bit further away from the door. Ask your manager again, ask nicely and explain your need for that space. You need a designated space for you and you only, not a disabled blue badge space anyway. I mean, what if you turn up at work one day and all the disabled spaces are occupied! Cheryl:-)

If the manager has her own specified parking space and the one next to it is a visitors space I can see absolutely no reason why the visitors space can’t be re specified as your designated parking space. Sounds like a reasonable adjustment to me! Most visitors aren’t going to be aware of the fact that there used to be a visitors space there and it ha been re specified. A visitor can park elsewhere and if they are a disabled visitor they can park in a disabled space. Should not really matter if the visitors space is a bit further away from the door. Ask your manager again, ask nicely and explain your need for that space. You need a designated space for you and you only, not a disabled blue badge space anyway. I mean, what if you turn up at work one day and all the disabled spaces are occupied! Cheryl:-)