Can We Get Rid Of All Those Reserved Parking Spaces, Then?

Disabled people are being forced to shop online because of poor access in and around UK town centres and difficulties using basic but essential facilities such as changing rooms or toilets, a report has claimed.

This report being compiled by..?

The report, Short-changed, compiled by the muscular dystrophy campaign group Trailblazers, was based on the experiences of a 100-strong group of disabled 16-30-year-olds.


The group has compiled a list of top tips for high street businesses on how they could provide better practical support to disabled customers.

Maybe they don’t want to? Maybe they feel they are providing the minimum they are required to do by law, and that should be sufficient?

Simple adjustments such as making sure retail and restaurant staff know how to locate and safely set up access ramps, or offer to carry items to the checkout and insert and remove cards from card readers, could encourage more young disabled people to make use of their local high street, it said.

Said as if none of those things had any kind of cost (in money or training time) to the business, of course.

Tanvi Vyas, project manager of Trailblazers, said: “Although disabled people contribute up to £80bn to the UK economy per year, many businesses are still undervaluing and alienating this market.”

But we’re in a recession, so why wouldn’t they be chasing this business if it’s so lucrative? Maybe because it’s not worth the investment they’d have to make…

14 comments for “Can We Get Rid Of All Those Reserved Parking Spaces, Then?

  1. AndrewWS
    January 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    16-30 year olds naturally prefer to shop online, so what’s the fuss?

  2. Mudplugger
    January 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    And where does that £80bn come from in the first place ?

    • Ed P
      January 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      £80bn sounds rather a lot – where’s the evidence? (Perhaps the true figure is £80 million?)

  3. ivan
    January 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    If they do mean shops on the high street then they are winging on at the wrong people – they should be targeting the councils th have the high street itself more accessible for a start.

    It always appears strange to me that all these fake charities have a down on enterprise – maybe it is because the enterprising people/business show self reliance whereas these charities need dependance to keep the salaries going.

  4. john in cheshire
    January 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I think it’s getting to the point where professional whingers are just ignored.

  5. Woman on a Raft
    January 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I thought the whole point of chip’n’pin was that the card should not be handled by the sales assistant at all, thereby reducing the chances of fraud by skimming?

    • January 26, 2014 at 6:33 am


    • January 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Yep. Anyone in retail will tell you they are trained to never touch the card.

  6. Jack Savage
    January 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Blimey….are sure you are shooting at an appropriate target here? They do not seem to be actually demanding anything and their tips sound eminently sensible.

    Hardly “professional whingeing” , surely?

    • January 26, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Why do they sound ’eminently sensible’? If they were, wouldn’t businesses already be doing them?

  7. mona
    January 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Strange isnt it? our masters at the EU with their thousands of rules and regulations have found the disabled less important than cinammon in pastries.

  8. Furor Teutonicus
    January 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Our local U-Bahn station has an access ramp. (not all of them do, as not all of them were built after 1980, or so.) But in 15 years of using the station virtually dauily, and MORE times per day, I have seen it used ONCE by a wheelchair user.

    Mostly it is used by arseholes with push bikes who are;

    1) to fucking lazy to use the bike to cycle to where they want to go.

    2)deffinately to lazy to carry the bastard down three of four steps.

    THEN the twats turn around and try to tell us that they ride these contraptions to keep fit and healthy!!

  9. John
    January 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I suspect that if Tanvi Vyas is indeed disabled it is probably as a result of permenent injuries sustained when she pulled that £80bn figure out of her ass.

    • January 26, 2014 at 6:23 am


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