Ministers crack down on misuse of system

Crackdown on Blue badge dodgers
Crackdown on Blue badge dodgers

Drivers in Scotland are being urged to think twice about misusing blue badges as the Scottish Government announces a clampdown on abuse of the system.

From March 30, local authorities will have the power to confiscate badges and cancel lost or stolen badges.

Thoughtless drivers who are caught misusing a badge will also face fines of up to £1000.

The blue badge scheme is an essential service for disabled people allowing access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services. Everyday tasks such as going to the shops, attending a doctor’s appointment or going to work, things most of us take for granted, become impossible due to lack of access.

Research conducted by Transport Scotland in 2012 showed 76 per cent of blue badge holders would go out less often without their badge. Many felt they wouldn’t be able to go out at all.

The campaign will raise awareness of the regulations surrounding the scheme for other road users, reminding them use of the badge is for the holder as a driver or passenger of the vehicle only and any other practice is an offence.

The Scottish Government hopes that by providing these additional powers people will think twice before misusing them.

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

For more information on blue badges and the rules and regulations around their use visit www.bluebadgescotland.org