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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts Reveals Newark’s Ranking for Blue Badge Parking for Motorists with Disabilities


Newark was ranked in the top five nationally for the provision of blue badge parking.

A study by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts found which cities in the UK have the most and least accessible parking for Blue badge holders as part of Disability History Month.

Almost 14 million people in the UK are registered as disabled and blue badges are issued to a driver or passenger with a disability or health problem, and allow the holder to park in a location closer to its destination where other drivers cannot.

Newark placed in the top five for providing Blue Badge parking. Credit: National Vehicle Contracts (53399715)

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts car and van rental company analyzed Parkopedia data for UK car parks to calculate the percentage of accessible parking spaces available in each location.

Newark came fifth in the rankings with 89% of parking lots with disabled spaces accessible to disabled motorists.

Newark was behind Worcester, Epsom, Croydon and Reading to round out the top five.

The best places for Blue Badge parking in the UK.  Credit: Nationwide Vehicle Contracts (53399723)
The best places for Blue Badge parking in the UK. Credit: Nationwide Vehicle Contracts (53399723)

Keith Hawes, Director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, said: “As people with hidden disabilities such as autism, MS and mental health issues are now allowed to apply for a blue badge, it is essential that cities ensure that there is more accessible parking available. “

See the full study here.