UK-based company, Navevo, has developed a sat-nav to help disabled drivers and their carers locate Blue Badge parking bays.
The Blue Badge gives holders parking privileges, such as parking for free at some parking meters, permission to park on single and – in some cases – double yellow lines, and access to designated bays.
Navevo’s BBNav, pictured right, claims to navigate directly to 10,000 on-street parking bays, including Blue Badge and Red Route Bays. There are Blue Badge bays in cities and towns across the UK.
The system details what class of Blue Bay parking is available. Most are graded, from grade 1 (suitable for wheelchair users travelling independently) to grade 3 (for wheelchair users or those able to walk a limited distance). The sat-nav also lists the 300 or so beaches throughout the UK that offer disabled access.
Navevo CEO Nick Caesari said: ‘I’m not disabled and can afford to drive around until I find a parking bay but, for a disabled driver, this provides serious challenges.’
But Helen Smith, director of policy and campaigns for Mobilise – a charity that promotes mobility for disabled people – questioned the £199 price tag. ‘You could pay £50 for a sat-nav and buy a Blue Badge Atlas for £17,’ she said.
‘Like all sat-navs, you have to use it combined with general road sense; if you go to where a Blue Badge bay is supposed to be, and there isn’t one there, then don’t park there,’ she added.