Disabled Drivers and Streetspace (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 1st June 2021.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Will you ensure that councils provide adequate signage so that there is awareness that disabled drivers still have access to disabled parking bays in many of the new Streetspace schemes?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

When supporting London boroughs to deliver Streetspace schemes on their road network, Transport for London encourages them to complete an equality impact assessment (EqIA) in line with their own processes and to ensure that any scheme impacts are recorded and mitigated where possible for individuals with protected characteristics. This includes consideration being given to maintaining access to disabled parking bays in their existing or new locations and sign-posting this if required. Many boroughs also allow blue badge holders access to their resident or other parking bays.

All parking signs are governed by national regulation stipulating what is permitted for blue badge parking (e.g. including some shared use bays on the Transport for London Road Network) and when that applies. Directional signage other than this is not used, due to concerns around street clutter and the unwanted impact this can have on accessibility. Given the range of different parking available, and the frequent changes that occur to this, such directional signage also risks becoming unhelpful very quickly.