MSP Robertson consults on blue badge misuse law

 

Dennis Robertson MSP has also called for a proper appeals process for those who are refused blue badges

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An MSP has launched a consultation on a proposed law to crack down on the fraudulent use of blue disabled badges.

Dennis Robertson's private members' bill would see officials being given beefed up powers to confiscate badges which are not being correctly used.

The blind MSP for Aberdeenshire West also wants a proper appeals process for applicants refused badges on eligibility grounds.

Mr Robertson said he was looking forward to hearing people's views.

The SNP politician, who is a blue badge holder, added: "Finding suitable parking spaces, particularly in towns and cities, is difficult at any time.

"However, if you have a disability it can be even more difficult to find a parking space close to your destination, whether it is for work, education or leisure."

He said there were cases of people reapplying for badges using the names of holders who had died.

Mr Robertson's proposal has had backing from the equal opportunities committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Blue badge holder Pamela Mitchell said parking for disabled could often be a difficult issue.

She explained to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It is quite a big problem, you will often find people parked in disabled spaces who are clearly not disabled and when you challenge them they are pretty hostile - so it can be very difficult trying to find a parking space."

Keith Brown, Scotland's minister for transport and veterans, said the blue badge scheme was a "lifeline" for thousands of disabled people in Scotland and it made sense to consult on options for tightening enforcement powers.

He added: "This will enable consideration to be given to how best to ensure that these crucially important parking concessions are used for the purpose for which they were intended - to help severely disabled people retain their independence and live full lives."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 10.

    Disabled people used to be given little 3 wheeled cars now I notice them getting out of range rovers which is nice and having carefully placed "their" blue card on the windscreen usually sprint across the road.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 9.

    People who abuse this system should be readily caught out as the small inconvenience of having to find a parking space a little further away from their destination pales massively into insignificance compared with having a disability that affects an entire quality of live on a never ending basis.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 8.

    @1. Desperate_Dan

    I agree, if you arrive in an empty car park with loads of disabled parking spaces then what's the harm? People draw you dirty looks as if you've committed a cardinal sin!

    I would never park in a disabled bay if it was busy and there was only a few but this will just get out of hand and be another way to fine people left right and centre!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 7.

    3.Dave
    "more family parking please". Can you explain why you believe Families should get preferential parking spaces over non-families. I'm pretty sure families can walk the same distance as others. I find it ironic that pensioners who don't have a disabled badge would have to walk further than an able bodied family. Thats a pretty screwed up priority.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 6.

    Was about to turn into a disabled bay the other week when was cut up by a another driver who then waved his blue badge and ran into Asda, as we have a wheelchair accessible car was shocked. Problem we have with parking is trying to get the back ramp down as many cars park too close, also trying to load in a car park is a nightmare as drivers are impatient and try to get past without waiting.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 5.

    Being a disabled badge holder I totally agree with what's being said here. Far too many people abuse the system and make it hard for genuine people to find a parking space they need! The sooner the law changes the better as far as I am concerned!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 4.

    The US has the right idea. Many (most?) of their handicapped spaces have signs warning against misuse, including the size of fine you'll have to pay if caught. And it's not a small fine; a $ 300 (£ 200) hit to the wallet might make potential abusers think twice.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 3.

    i appreciate that some people are disabled and they really struggle nothing is more annoying than see people park in bays they shouldn't but i also believe there are way to many disabled bays. more family parking please

  • rate this
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    Comment number 2.

    It's about time, I have seen many a blue badge car parked in dangerous places as on a double yellow line right on a corner, any holder should still park in a space that could not endanger someonelses life, also I have many time these badges being misused by people who are not actually entitled to hold these badges but has 'borrowed' it, these people in particular should be taken to task.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1.

    Is this really such a serious problem? Wherever I go there are lots of empty disabled spaces. What real data is there to support this?

 

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