Tesco To Start Fining People Who Misuse Disabled Parking Bays
This morning, when news broke that Tesco are to stop selling PG Tips, our editor joined the nation in cries of ‘what on Earth!’ and resolved to go to Sainsburys to buy all future supplies of tea.
Shortly after getting over that shock, however, she read this, and Tesco was quickly forgiven for only offering Tetley!
Tesco is to start fining people who park in disabled bays or spaces reserved for parents and children at its stores.
The supermarket giants has announced it will roll out the fines at 81 of its stores around the country, with the scheme being extended to more than 200 other stores over the next few weeks.
The locations of the stores have not yet been revealed. Tesco has more than 25 stores in Nottinghamshire, including superstores in Bulwell, Top Valley and Hucknall.
The move will see staff armed with a special smartphone app to take pictures of vehicles parked in disabled bays without blue badges, or incorrectly using spaces designated for parents with children under 12.
It represents Tesco’s first-ever enforcement action against those who break the rules.
All the evidence collected will be sent to Horizon Parking. The parking enforcement firm obtains driver details from the DVLA and will issue a £40 penalty notice, which will rise to £70 if it is not paid within 14 days.
Tesco says it will not make money from the scheme because the fines cover only running costs, plus fees to Horizon – which manages 1,325 UK car parks.
A Tesco spokesman said: “Many disabled customers rely on our disabled parking bays, so we’ve introduced our self-monitoring initiative to highlight the importance of using the bays properly, making it fairer and easier for everyone to find a space.”
Private firms which run supermarket parking have been accused of unfairly issuing tickets to cash in on their contracts but Tesco claims it will avoid this because its own staff decide who is breaking the rules.