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Clampdown on blue badge abuse in Scotland


Posted on Thursday April 2nd, 2015


Clampdown on blue badge abuse in Scotland

Drivers and passengers who abuse the blue badge scheme could have their badges confiscated as a result of new legislation that came into force last month.

The blue badge scheme provides access for people with mobility problems to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services.

Research conducted by Transport Scotland in 2012 showed that 76% of badge holders would go out less often if they were without their badge.  Many also felt they wouldn’t be able to go out at all.

“Blue badge misuse is socially unacceptable as it prevents the 228,000 legitimate badge holders across Scotland from accessing the on-street parking concessions to which they are entitled,” Transport Minister Derek Mackay said. 

“Granting extra powers for local authorities to tackle misuse and confiscate badges that are not valid or are being used illegally will allow disabled badge holders to access services in the community and lead independent lives.”


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