I've continued to walk in occasionally but sometimes it's just not going to happen (we all have those days) so I'll take my car and park across the road for my designated 3 (and a bit...) hours.Then I'll nip out for lunch, come back and park for the afternoon.
This can be particularly useful on days when I have meetings around the city - it's bad enough going to meetings without worrying about being a stumbling, sweaty mess (or worse) when I get there.
The sign at the top of this post appeared in all Derby city council-run car parks at the start of March. I've known this was coming for a while, from about the time that I had to pay for my three-year Blue Disabled Persons Parking badge - £10 for free parking is a pretty good deal.
But no more.
I called the number which trumpeted 'discounted season tickets' - and it isn't even a season ticket.
It's a (free) card which you can flash at the ticket machine which gets you 20% off your parking.
(Annoyingly to get this, you need to take your current Blue Badge to a different car park, which has never offered free parking for disabled drivers - or you could display your Blue Badge and park in the disabled bay across the road - but then you need to take in your Blue Badge to get the discount card... )
Okay here comes the Maths:
- A regular 12-month season ticket for my chosen car park is £830.
- The all-day parking charge is set to rise to £7.10 - with my 20% discount, this would mean a daily cost of £5.68
- Daily charge times five-days a week for 48 weeks(ish) makes a rough annual cost of £1,363.20
But why advertise discounted season tickets when they don't exist?
I've always had a problem with people who view Accessible Car Parking schemes as some kind of perk which we are lucky to enjoy (some visitors may remember this from a closed-group on LinkedIn a while back).
As I wrote on the MultipleSclerosis.net blog earlier this year;
I think of [Accessible Parking] more as a LEVELLING OF THE PLAYING FIELD.My Blue Badge is still a total life-saver and I can still park on the street at various places around Derby - but walking in to work is going to have to be the favoured option while we're still living in the city.
For example, if somebody without a health condition like MS wants to go shopping, and they live close to the city centre (as I do), they have a couple of transport options – they can drive or walk in. If I tried to walk to the shops, I’d be exhausted before I’d even begun to start complaining about having to go shopping.
Has anyone reading this had a similar situation where they are?