Re: Adult tricycle
Tony Raven <email@example.com> wrote:
>Your sole reason for thinking they are abusing the system is the value
>of their cars. Why can't a disabled person drive a high value sports
>car or Rolls Royce? I've seen nothing that says you have any evidence
>these cars are not being used by genuinely disabled people. Your only
>evidence is they are "high value" and parked in London.
Obviously a single car proves nothing one way or the other, but
overall you would expect the proportion of disabled people who own
high value cars to be about the same as the proportion of the rest
of the population who own high value cars. Actually you might
expect it to be somewhat less as disabled people are often economically
Now if (and this is a big if) one observes that a high proportion
of cars owned by disabled people are luxury cars, then that might
indicate abuse of the badge system is going on, eg people selling
on their badges one way or another.
However, after the endless H* debates I am sure all our regular
readers are aware of the problems with statistics in self-selecting
populations. Two relevant factors here:-
* Unless you do a thorough survey of all cars, you don't know for
sure what proportion of cars with disabled badges are luxury cars.
It is human nature to notice flash cars more than boring ones, so
you're more likely to notice a Mercedes with badge than a Fiat Panda.
* You would need to do your survey over a wide area - I would imagine
that people who drive to work in Soho daily are more affluent than average,
whether disabled or not.
 eg http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/find...policy/060.asp
"Despite these improvements, and real absolute income gains across
all severity categories, disabled people remain poor relative to
the general population (see Figure 2)"
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