Baywatch – a campaigning group run by the British Polio Fellowship, Disabled Drivers’ Association, Disabled Drivers’ Motor Club and Disability Now – generated swathes of press and broadcast coverage early in the week when it revealed a shock rise in abuse of disabled parking bays. It found cars parked in disabled bays by non-disabled drivers had risen from 18.5 per cent last year to 21 per cent.
Carried out last month, the survey monitored over 800 stores belonging to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Safeway – billed as ‘the big four’. Waitrose and Wm Morrison declined to take part even though the survey refrained from ranking performances.
A Baywatch spokesman said it has launched a competition for disabled customers at the ‘big four’ to nominate their favourite store, culminating in an RAC-sponsored award ceremony in July.