Question: Do Blue Badge Holders Pay For Parking In Hospitals?

Who sold NHS car parks?

At the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust the rights to the £650,000-a-year car parks have been sold off to CP Plus, in London, which pays the hospital a fixed annual fee for the parking income and a share of the fines..

Can I use blue badge to visit holder in hospital?

It’s illegal for a friend or family member to use your Blue Badge, even if they’re running an errand for you or visiting you in hospital. … The only time it’s legal for another driver to display your Blue Badge is if you are also travelling in the car.

What benefits can I claim if I have a blue badge?

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people who have difficulty walking. For example, you can park for free in pay-and-display bays and also on double and single yellow lines.

Who profits from hospital parking?

A report by law firm Nockolds Solicitors found that fees paid by patients or relatives visiting are taken as profit for parking firms at 28 per cent of NHS trusts. In some deals, companies pay the hospital an agreed fee to manage its parking and are then free to keep any profit from fees.

Can a blue badge holder park in a parent and child space?

I can confirm Blue Badge holders are permitted to use our Parent & Child bays if the disabled spaces are full. The vast majority of our customers are very considerate of parents with young children and respect family bays.

Where does NHS car park money go?

Currently, NHS trusts are responsible for making their own car parking arrangements, including setting any charges. Any profits from car parking charges must be reinvested into frontline care.

Do blue badge holders have to pay in hospital car parks?

Disabled drivers with “blue badge” permits, frequent outpatient attendees and parents of sick children staying overnight will be spared having to pay the fees for leaving their vehicles at hospital car parks.

Are hospital car parks privately owned?

Just under half of trusts said their car parks were managed by a private company, with at least 23 of these private firms taking all the fines income. Only England’s hospitals routinely charge for parking – car parks are largely free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Why do you have to pay for parking at hospitals?

Structures and lots are necessary to allow a hospital to accommodate vehicles for patients, visitors, employees, and physicians. Nearly 70 percent of hospitals with 200 beds or more do not charge for parking, and revenue from patient services are generating net margins of 1 to 5 percent.