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Was I U to park partially in this disabled space?

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FedupofbeingtoldIcantusemyname Fri 19-Aug-16 20:04:28

Went to the train station today to pick up tickets.

Pulled up to park in the motorcycle area (I ride a motorbike) and there is a big white van parked in it blocking the whole parking space.

The disabled parking spaces in this car park are next to the bike parking space and there was someone in a car in the disabled space. I parked as close as possible to the bike space while still allowing the van driver space to get into the van but this meant I had to park slightly on the white lines that are next to the disabled space to allow extra space to get in/out of a vehicle. There was still plenty of room to get in and out but Wibu to park like this given that someone else was parked in the space I would have parked in?

I was no more than 10/15 minutes and the person in the car didn't say anything and didn't appear to be in a hurry but was this ok? There were no other spaces available at the time confused

JudyCoolibar Fri 19-Aug-16 20:05:34

Why didn't you park in an ordinary car parking space?

miraclebabyplease Fri 19-Aug-16 20:06:59

Yes. You were unreasonable. How were you not?

Samcro Fri 19-Aug-16 20:08:22

Of course you were wrong

Mango5000 Fri 19-Aug-16 20:09:02

Of course ywbu!
Two wrongs don't make a right. If the van was wrongly in the bike bay then you park in another car bay, not OK to say "fuck it, I'll just park in a space designated for people with disabilities who may actually need it, I'll just be as selfish a tosser as the van man"

Nanunanu Fri 19-Aug-16 20:09:33

Yes. But noone was harmed or inconvenienced by it this time. Just don't do it again

Makkapakkasbestfriend Fri 19-Aug-16 20:10:34

Yabu. The lines are there for a reason. It's really not the disabled persons problem that your space was blocked

Gazelda Fri 19-Aug-16 20:10:41


Domino20 Fri 19-Aug-16 20:11:03

Blue badges are not easy to come by and when you do have one spaces are pretty scarce. Given that you don't have one why couldn't you park elsewhere and walk a bit? The van driver being a huge dick doesn't excuse you being a bit of a dick.
Yes U but not enough of an issue to turn to the internet, surely??

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Fri 19-Aug-16 20:11:08

Slightly on the white lines...... So not over them?

NavyandWhite Fri 19-Aug-16 20:13:29

You gave enough room for the person in the disabled spot to get out and he/she would be able to see why you'd parked like that so I think you were ok as you weren't gone too long.

I probably would have cleared it with the person in the car just to be sure.

You were parked on the white line not in the disabled spot..

FedupofbeingtoldIcantusemyname Fri 19-Aug-16 20:16:08

I was on the edge of the white lines, so not over them as such but as the bike leans slightly to one side when it sits on the side stand, it was leaning a bit into that space if you see what I mean!

For those who were asking why I didn't park in a normal car space I'll just direct your attention to this - There were no other spaces available at the time confused

Not to necessarily say I wasn't BU but that would have been the obvious solution if it were an option at the time.

lasttimeround Fri 19-Aug-16 20:19:40

Disabled spaces are for blue badges. You don't know what extra bits of kit a person might have to use so you don't park in any way overhanging or obstructing the disabled bay. It's not ok. Regardless how short a time or what else is going on with parking spaces.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 19-Aug-16 20:20:40

You cannot say whether or not you gave a person needing the space enough room. Strangely, not all people with disabilities are the same. Some can walk, some can't. Some use sticks, some crutches, some wheelchairs, some scooters. The equipment enabling people to travel varies in size. There may not have been enough room with your bikes 'lean'.

NavyandWhite Fri 19-Aug-16 20:21:35

I wouldn't normally say it's fine in any way to park in a disabled spot obviously but as you weren't in it and just on the line and the person in the disabled had a lot of room to manoeuvre/get out I think it was ok.

I'm sure if the person in the car was worried or annoyed they would have said.

NavyandWhite Fri 19-Aug-16 20:27:21

Yes the lean of the bike might make a difference actually.

wigglesrock Fri 19-Aug-16 20:30:22

You shouldn't have parked there. What would have happened if the car that was originally parked in the disabled parking space had moved whilst you were parked. What if your bike impeded the next car that was going to legimately use that space?, if they needed the extra room?
I didn't realise that not being able to find a suitable parking space meant that you could impede the use of spaces that other drivers are entitled to.

Doggity Fri 19-Aug-16 20:33:01

Funny that you should post this thread because I had a dr appointment today and a motorcyclist parked in the yellow box between 2 disabled spaces. I need the space to get my door open and to get out. That motorbike made it difficult for me to get out the car. I was quite fucked off to be honest.

honeysucklejasmine Fri 19-Aug-16 20:36:13

What if the disabled person had needed to, for example, assemble a wheelchair next to the drivers side door? Was there room for that?

NotMe321 Fri 19-Aug-16 20:41:19

You should have done what every other driver has to do when there are no spaces available and either parked elsewhere or gone away to try again later. If you were on the line between spaces and leaning over, I seriously question whether there would have been room to get a wheelchair there and manoeuvre the occupant into it.

Pasithea Fri 19-Aug-16 20:42:54

Surprised you even have to ask.

AliceInUnderpants Fri 19-Aug-16 20:48:52

Taking out the fact of any vehicle being parked in a space it shouldn't have been, is this correct?
There were no spaces available so you parked between two bays? (In this case between a motorcycle space and a disabled bay?)

FedupofbeingtoldIcantusemyname Fri 19-Aug-16 20:49:20

Actually yes, honey, there was enough room for that at least as I purposely parked as far away as possible from the disabled space so there would have been enough room.

FedupofbeingtoldIcantusemyname Fri 19-Aug-16 20:50:39

Not between Alice, on the edge of the bike space, leaning into the White lines of the space in between the bike space and the disabled space.

Gazelda Fri 19-Aug-16 20:51:39

You parked partially in a disabled parking space. I can't see how there is any debate over whether you were being unreasonable confused

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