Disabled parking
ConorхЪhas stepped his campaign to tackle rogue drivers who park in bays reserved for disabled motorists.
He invited Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, to St Helens on Friday (May 13) to discuss the problem.
The move was part of St Helens North MP Mr McGinn’s efforts to deal with the menace of selfish drivers who misuse disabled bays in the town.
ConorхЪsaid: “It was great that Debbie Abrahams could come to St Helens to see the problem at first hand.
“As Shadow Minister for the Disabled, she has a key role in helping drawing up Labour’s policies so her involvement in my campaign is invaluable.
“We will be working together to try to find solutions to this problem and help make the lives of disabled people in St Helen’s a little easier.
“We must not allow the selfish actions of a small minority of motorists make life needlessly hard for disabled drivers when they visit shops and other venues.”
Debbie Abrahams said she backed Conor McGinn’s campaign and said it could be rolled out nationwide, if it proved a success in St Helens.
She said: “It’s really important that we highlightхЪnot justхЪthe inconvenience and upset that inconsiderate use of parking spaces allocated for disabled people can cause, but the real difficulties as well.
“Life is tough enough forхЪanyone with a disability and the convenience of being able to park easily near to shopsхЪand other public buildings is just one simple way we, as a society, can help ease theхЪdifficulties they may face.
“I’m sure the issue isn’t just happening in St Helens but it will be interesting to see if a campaign hereхЪcan have an effect and, if it does, we may be able to roll it out across the UK.
“Most people are considerate, of course, and don’t use these spaces. But we need to do something to get the message across to the minority who don’t act considerately that it’s an unacceptable and anti-social thing to do.
“Conor and the residents who are tackling this problem should be congratulated for bringing it to light and doing something about it.”
Mr McGinn begin his campaign after hearing about the plight of local residents Kelly Hayes and Lisa Brennan, who are regular visitors to Parr Swimming and Fitness Centre.
They have both faced problems caused by motorists who have parked in the spots reserved for disabled drivers with blue badges.
Mr McGinn said the problem was worse in off-street car parks ‰лв such as council or supermarket car parks ‰лв which are often not covered by road traffic rules.
In such car parks, spaces, disabled drivers usually have to rely on the consideration and courtesy of other car park users.
Among those backing Mr McGinn’s campaign is war veteran Andy Reid.хЪ Triple amputee Mr Reid has described the misuse of disabled parking bays in St Helens as a “massive problem

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