Driving with a disability can pose enough challenges, without struggling to find somewhere to park when you reach your destination. With Blue Badges now being offered to drivers with invisible disabilities too, competition for prime parking is higher than ever, and some cities just don’t live up to expectations.
While our car leasing deals might save you money, disabled parking can save you time, effort and discomfort. Our report looks at where the best (and worst) cities are for securing your spot.
The medieval city of Worcester might have been created way back in history, but its parking is ahead of its time. With 96% of car parks there offering accessible spaces, Blue Badge holders can enjoy the stunning cathedral and incredible history the West Midlands city has to offer.
Epsom is another historical town with very modern parking allowances. 95% of car parks there cater for Blue Badge holders, offering ample space and allowances for everyone to enjoy the ancient market highstreet.
Croydon completes the top three with 94%, with our top 20 showing there are many major UK locations that cater for people with additional parking needs.
|Rank||City||% of car parks WITH disabled spaces|
Despite boasting a population of over a quarter of a million people, Derby’s disabled parking allowance is a much less impressive figure. 58% of the car parks in the city have no accessible options, leaving Blue Badge holders struggling for spaces often far away from their destination.
While parking problems are annoying for everyone, they can be the difference between a nice day out and a dangerous situation for someone with a disability, making spaces close to shops and with enough space for access essential.
Southampton doesn’t fare much better, with 46% of car parks offering no accessible spaces in the coastal city. Liverpool completes our inaccessible top three, with 44% of car parks not catering for disabled drivers.
|Rank||City||% of car parks without disabled spaces|
|5||City of Londont||43%|
To use an accessible parking bay, you need to have a Blue Badge displayed on your dashboard where it’s visible through the windscreen. Only certain people are eligible for Blue Badges, and they only permit you to park in disabled on-street parking. Carers of people with disabilities are also eligible for Blue Badges, allowing them to do their work without any inconveniences.
Accessible parking spots in private car parks - such as shopping centres or multi-story car parks - are managed by different rules. However, it is safe to assume that if you qualify for a Blue Badge, you’ll be allowed to park there too.
If you don’t have a Blue Badge you can not park in disabled parking bays. If you do, you could face a fine.
Another way Blue Badge holders can make their lives easier is by choosing a car more suited to their additional needs. At Nationwide Vehicle Contracts we have a selection of car leasing deals on cars named as the best motability cars on the market, from manufacturers such as Ford and BMW.
Whether it’s for business or personal use, we also have useful guides to help you choose the right vehicle to lease, for you.
Nationwide Vehicle Contracts used Parkopedia data to analyse 56 car parks across the UK to find the number of parking facilities that offered disabled spaces. Analysts then calculated the percentage of accessible car parks that were available in each location to determine the best and worst for places for blue badge holders.