§ Sir David Steel
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will introduce legislation to enable an automatic fine to be imposed on motorists illegally occupying designated parking spaces for the disabled.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
It is already an offence for an able-bodied person to use a parking place reserved for an orange badge holder on the public highway or in a local authority off-street car park which has been designated by an order made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The offence carries a maximum penalty of £400.
My Department has no jurisdiction over spaces in private car parks reserved for disabled people. It is for individual operators of these car parks to take whatever steps they consider necessary to see that these spaces are not misused.