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Radar Keys

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 2 minutes read
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A Radar key is a type of key available to disabled people which can open over 10,000 locked publicly accessible toilets in the UK. This article will discuss the important information regarding Radar keys and how you can get one.

Why do they exist?

Radar keys are part of the Radar Key Scheme, also known as the National Key Scheme, which aims to provide accessible public toilets to those most in need. Keeping these toilets locked means only disabled people can access them. This helps to keep the toilets unengaged, which is particularly important for people who have bladder or bowel problems and may suddenly find themselves in urgent need of using the bathroom.

Keeping the toilets locked also helps keep them clean and reduces the risk of them getting vandalized. Having a universal key means disabled people don't have to keep asking a staff member for a key each time they need the loo!

Where can I get one from?

Disability Rights UK, Blue Badge Company, Boots, and Argos all sell Radar keys. They usually cost about £6, but you may be able to get one for less. You may also be able to buy one from your local authority.

A problem with Radar keys is that there are a lot of replicas which do not always work and can sometimes cause damage to the locks. For this reason, it is important to ensure you get your key from a trusted source, such as one of the places described above. Also, to help combat this issue, the manufacturer has added a blue heart shape to the top of the key so you can tell it is genuine.

Can anyone buy one?

No, only disabled people can buy them. To purchase one, you may need to provide proof of your disability, such as a letter from your doctor or evidence that you have a blue badge or receive a disability benefit.

How do I find Radar Key Scheme toilets?

Radar Key Scheme toilets are located all over the country, such as in shopping centres, cafes, airports, pubs, motorway service stations, bus stations, train stations, department stores, and many other locations. The toilets typically say Radar Key Scheme or National Key Scheme on the door handle so you can identify them. If you want a list of the Radar Key Scheme toilets in your region, you can purchase this from the Disability Rights UK website.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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