Different communities have imposed rules and regulations to be able to control the activity of their people. Because of the high demand of certain facilities and their limited availability, leaders are left with no option but to also regulate their use. Pursuant to these purposes, they have issued badge holders to entitle people to certain privileges. These are commonly known as color-coded badge holders.
The persons to whom these items are given are those with serious walking disabilities, or those bearing people with these conditions. According to studies, discrimination is still prevalent in some countries, and because of this, those with these conditions do not have any option to enjoy the same privileges that other people enjoy. One of the most prominent features of these items is the entitlement of these people to certain parking privileges.
Most cities have very high parking demand and very limited space, or at least not enough to cater to the needs of all drivers. And even though the principle that those who came first have stronger rights apply, many people take advantage of the lack of capabilities of disabled individuals in terms of mobility. As such, communities have enforced certain measures to prevent this from happening.
There are three commonly known colors of badges used for these purposes:
1. Blue badge holders
These are items used to allow people not only to park in certain areas, but also to go to different shops and other places more efficiently and more conveniently. They offer the widest privileges for bearers, but they also have the greatest number of limitations for users. For instance, these items cannot be used by people without serious walking disabilities for their own advantage. They cannot also be used by those driving vehicles which do not carry people with serious walking disabilities.
2. Green badge holders
These items are usually used in conjunction with blue holders. The benefits provided by these items are the same as those of the previous one, but these privileges can only be utilized on certain days at certain times. This scheme is important to be able to provide distinction as to what privileges a holder can enjoy while carrying a particular type of badge holder.
Holding both items gives a person the opportunity to use different facilities for different vehicles because the system only allows one holder per vehicle. These items also allow the lanyard bearer to share with other holders some of its privileges, such as the use of loading and metered bays.
3. Brown badge holders
These items allow holders to use not only privately owned parking areas, but also the government owned parking areas specially dedicated for people with serious walking disabilities. These items offer the same privileges as the previous items, but offer only a limited number of abatements from charges. For instance, a holder can still use parking facilities, but he still needs to pay fees afterwards.
DISTINCTIONS NOT DISADVANTAGEOUS
One might think that the colors segregate holders from one another, such that those owning blue ones are better off than those holding green and brown ones. The truth, however, is that these colors are intended to prevent holders from abusing these privileges and to promote justice and equality. For instance, if there will be no distinction as to the colors, every holder will have the same privileges, and some may use it at another’s disadvantage. If someone wants to park his car, he can avail of the brown one instead of the blue one; otherwise, those who are non-holders may feel the pressure of unjust enrichment.
So, it’s safe to say that these holders serve their purpose quite well.