650 caught using car parking spaces for the disabled

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More than 650 parking charges have been issued to motorists who illegally park in disabled parking bays in Amber Valley over the last three years, latest figures show.

Now, councillors are urging drivers to respect the disabled spaces - which are provided for those with reduced mobility.

Amber Valley Borough Councillor John McCabe, who is the authority’s CabinetMember for the Environment, said: “The council provides disabled spaces for those who have been medically assessed as needing a Blue Badge.

“If those who don’t need the disabled spaces park in them, it can prevent people in genuine need from being able to park.

“I am therefore appealing for people not to use the disabled parking bays, if they don’t hold a valid Blue Badge.”

The borough council runs car parks in Belper’s Bridge Street, Derwent Street, Field Lane, Green Lane, Short Lands and River Gardens.

The Blue Badge Scheme was launched in the early 1970s for disabled persons with severe mobility problems.