Basildon Hospital gets tough on blue badge drivers

Basildon Hospital is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

Basildon Hospital is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

First published in News

BASILDON Hospital is handing out fines to disabled drivers to stop them blocking ambulances.

It is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

Blue badge holders are allowed to park on single and double yellow lines on a public highway for up to three hours, if it is deemed safe.

Disabled parking on private premises is up to the owner’s discretion.

A hospital spokesman said: “There has been an increase in the number of incidents where ambulances have been obstructed by vehicles being parked outside of marked parking spaces at Basildon Hospital.

“Our security team has been asked to enforce the parking restrictions to ensure patient safety.

“Blue badge holders can park free of charge in any patient/visitor parking space. The parking restrictions do not allow any vehicle to park on double yellow or double red lines on the hospital site.

“Anyone who feels a parking ticket has been issued unfairly can contest it. The details of how to do this are included on the ticket.”

A hospital employee, who asked not to be named, said he felt uncomfortable dishing out the tickets.

He said: “Car parking at the hospital is being made into a profit-making business. It is just wrong.

“Disabled people are getting confused because normally they are allowed to park on yellow lines.

“You see the poor patients hobbling out of hospital, sometimes after being treated for serious illnesses, then they get to their car and see they have a ticket.

“I understand if people are parked blocking an ambulance or fire exit, but many of these people are not.”

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9:05am Fri 10 Jan 14

cjnewton says...

I thick it dam wrong to block the ambulance it could be your life at risk I am a blue badge holder but they no way I would block them in they work hard
I thick it dam wrong to block the ambulance it could be your life at risk I am a blue badge holder but they no way I would block them in they work hard cjnewton
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10:13am Fri 10 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent. Ambulances should never be blocked.
Excellent. Ambulances should never be blocked. Jack222
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

The Hog says...

its wrong to block access or the escape routes at any hospital, But maybe signposting of an area could be clearer. Maybe give blue badge visitors a leaflet explaining the laws on private land,when it comes to using your blue badge.
Just a thought.
its wrong to block access or the escape routes at any hospital, But maybe signposting of an area could be clearer. Maybe give blue badge visitors a leaflet explaining the laws on private land,when it comes to using your blue badge. Just a thought. The Hog
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10:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

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9:22am Sat 11 Jan 14

Alipip says...

Blocking ambulances is just stupid, should definitely be punished.
They need to look though at the disabled parking, my brother is a blue badge holder after having a stroke and having difficulty walking. When mum was in hospital for 7 weeks last year whenever I took him over there were no disabled spaces available - and most of the cars didn't have blue badges, especially of an evening. Quite often there were also big vans parked in the spaces, which meant I would have to drop my brother off, go into the car park and park, then he would have to wait for me to collect the car to pick him up again.
Blocking ambulances is just stupid, should definitely be punished. They need to look though at the disabled parking, my brother is a blue badge holder after having a stroke and having difficulty walking. When mum was in hospital for 7 weeks last year whenever I took him over there were no disabled spaces available - and most of the cars didn't have blue badges, especially of an evening. Quite often there were also big vans parked in the spaces, which meant I would have to drop my brother off, go into the car park and park, then he would have to wait for me to collect the car to pick him up again. Alipip
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