Hi everyone, hope you've not all melted in this heat!
I have applied for a parking permit at my new place of employment (NHS hospital). Due to it being a huge place, there is a waiting list for permits. I have arthritis in both hips, can get about, but always in some degree of pain. The drive to work is around 50 mins (public transport would take around 2+ hoirs, so is totally out the question).
I know the car parking permits are allocated on several factors, distance to and from work being one of them. Sadly, because I can drive to work in 50 mins, it's not enough of a priority to be near the top of the list.
The application form asks if you have a blue badge. I don't amd haven't ever applied for one. I've not yet had a response to say where about I am on the waiting list, but expect to be around position 2000+! When I do hear from them, I do plan to argue my position based on having a disgnosed condition which affects my hips and therefore my mobility and pain levels particularly after a 50 minute drive (I'm virtually crippled as I get out the car until I've sort of loosened myself up a bit).
If they still reject my appeal based on medical grounds purely on the fact that I don't have a blue badge, would I be reasonable in accusing the parking people of discrimination? Personally, I don't see why someone has got to have a blue badge in order to meet parking permit policies....a disability is a disability irrespective of a blue badge. (also, they don't actually even have disabled parking areas for staff who do have a bkie badge!!)
Thanks for any suggestions 😊