misuse and abuse of the blue badge

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misuse and abuse of the blue badge

Post by BlueBadge » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:47 pm

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/polit ... ge-1549532 In 2011 there were 270,000 blue badges in circulation in Scotland.

They provide a concession which allows certain disabled people to park on-street with free use of parking meters and pay and display bays.

But the scheme has been open to abuse in the past. Audit Commission reports have identified how criminals forge blue badges or steal valid badges from cars which are subsequently sold on the black market, the consultation documents states.

Mr Robertson, who holds a blue badge himself, said: "We've got 270,000 blue badges in circulation but the national fraud information service has told us there are about 4,500 of these badges still registered to people who are deceased.
"We also know that people are making re-applications for the badges of persons who have been deceased.

"That leads us to believe that there is misuse and abuse of the blue badge. We know that blue badges are stolen, we know that they are duplicated.

"That means that people who are legitimate users of the blue badge are finding it much more difficult to find parking spaces."

The proposed Bill will extend the law which currently allows local authority parking attendants, traffic wardens and police to examine and seize blue badges.

It also gives councils the power to cancel badges which have been reported lost or stolen and no longer held by the badge holder.

A new offence for use of a blue badge which has been cancelled by a local authority would also be introduced.

Mr Robertson, the MSP for Aberdeenshire West, believes his plans to strengthen the current law will gain the support of the Scottish Government and MSPs at Holyrood.

The consultation on the proposed Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill runs until March 20.