On the Radar
A few weeks ago I ordered a Radar key. This is a universal key that opens over 9000 of the UK’s public accessible toilets. Radar locks help ensure these toilets are kept in good condition by only letting in those who genuinely need to use them and stopping non-disabled people using them for a sneaky, private poo.
My key arrived last week and this evening I used it for the first time. I was in a busy pub and needed the loo. Previously I would have had to wait until I could get a key from the bar staff, but this evening I could just let myself in and have a wee whenever I wanted to.
Perhaps it’s a bad idea to mention this, but anyone can buy a radar key and you don’t need to prove you have a disability. This means getting a key’s a quick and easy process free from the usual paperwork that surrounds access schemes.
Radar helps ensure accessible toilets are available to those who need them as well as to any very cunning people who might not.
I’ve had a RADAR key for a good few years, since around the time i was in a cubicle and my tourette’s decided to open the door while I was still using the toilet!
when i’ve mentioned/used it around non-disabled people I’ve been surprised that most haven’t heard of the scheme, but I think it’s best to keep it that way.