Excuses include believing disabled people 'shouldn't have' special bays...

It seems that millions of British drivers are flouting the rules surrounding disabled parking spaces, according to the latest research.

A poll commissioned by parking website YourParkingSpace.co.uk has found that more than 2.5 million drivers in the UK have parked in disabled badge parking bays despite being able-bodied.

Of those who admitted to breaking the rules, the majority (80 percent) said they had parked there because they ‘did not realise’ it was a disabled bay. Other reasons given included thinking that ‘no-one would notice’ or believing that ‘there should be no special parking’ for disabled people.

However, more than a quarter of those surveyed said that they would confront a driver who was misusing a disabled bay.

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Harrison Woods, managing director of YourParkingSpace.co.uk said: ‘It is shocking to think that there is a significant number of Brits who believe there’s nothing wrong in parking in a disabled parking spot when they have no right to. Not only can this lead to a fine but it is also very inconsiderate to disabled drivers who might be forced to park somewhere else if the space is wrongly taken.’

Philip Connolly, policy manager at Disability Rights UK, said: ‘One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as human beings is "what is it like to be someone else?" For example, what is it like to be a blue badge holder in any town centre? My guess is that to ask the question is to know that you don’t want to park in a disabled parking space if you are not disabled yourself.’