Hospital crackdown on bad parking

Fines for drivers who park in disabled spaces or stay too long in drop-off areas

Tuesday 20th August 2019

A health board is launching a crackdown on drivers who misuse disabled parking bays at hospitals.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is introducing a traffic regulation which means anyone using the space without displaying a blue badge will be subject to a £60 fine.

The penalty will also apply to drivers who park longer than permitted in the drop-off areas at hospital entrances.

Currently the misuse of disabled spaces carries a penalty in public car parks and roads – but not in hospital sites.

The health board will spend around £24,000 to support the introduction of the new traffic regulation, including on improving parking bay markings and signage to warn drivers of the risk of a fine.

John Wright, director for corporate support services at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said it was hoped introducing the new regulation would discourage drivers from parking inappropriately.

He said: “Across our sites, we have almost 5,500 car parking spaces, 261 of which are dedicated disabled parking bays.

“Despite this, we receive a high number of complaints from service users and visitors to our hospitals that these disabled parking bays are often filled with cars not displaying a blue badge.  

“We want to improve the hospital experience for everyone who visits our sites, and that includes the experience of those using our hospital car parks.

“We hope that by introducing this regulation, we can ensure that our car parks are used appropriately, and that those who need to park closer to our hospitals are able to do so easily.”

The spaces will be monitored by Ayrshire Roads Alliance, acting on behalf of East and South Ayrshire Councils.