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 30.

    Very few people who use disbled parking spaces properly & by displaying the 'blue badge' appear to be incapable of walking & carrying their shopping.

    I've seen people park in disabled spaces using blue badges & then run - sprint into the store because eg its raining.

    Entire blue badge system needs urgent review & some disabled people do literally park anywhere at any time & for any reason.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 29.

    25. Stimpy

    I read it. And I'm sure when Iain Duncan Smith does along with a lot of other comments on here he'll give himself a big pat on the back - he's done a first class job on public opinion. Wow.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 28.

    These Blue Badges are a farce and the rules for giving them out should be much more rigorous. No wonder we are an obese nation. But it goes further another abuse is the UK Motobility Allowance which gives free cars to people who are supposed to be disabled. It is a complete farce and just a subsidy for main deal garages. The UK requires to start again on what is a case of disability.,

  • rate this
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    Comment number 27.

    I have Blue Badge and am terminally ill.Some days I look well but still have great difficulty with pain.All these people judging whether a person is disabled by just looking at them have obviously X-ray eyes.Would they like my disability as well as my blue badge space? I would make supermarkets fine and clamp cars using these spaces.Lots of selfish people out there by the sounds of things.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 26.

    My local supermarket has somthing like 10 times the number of disabled spaces as it has parent and child ones.

    No do we really have 10 times as many disabled people as we have parents with kids?

    The number of times I've had to get my toddler out in the middle of the road due to this when there are rows of empty disabled spaces really gets on my wick!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 25.

    @22. C2theD

    Read it again, I said if there's lots of them - it's very unlikely that the 10 disabled people are going to arrive in the time it takes to buy a pint of milk. It's called using a bit of common sense!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 24.

    Do these spaces really have that much impact?

    Say if they go to a shopping centre, is saving them 50m over the entire day (say 8 shops) really going to make a big difference? (surely if so they would be using a mobility scooter?)

    It's one thing if YES they do make an impact, it's another if its just a happy convenience

  • rate this
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    Comment number 23.

    Free cars, Free parking, best parking spaces, free money for food, all this because your fat? oh free prescriptions because your now diabetic to. I thought we were fighting obesity in this country?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 22.

    8. stimpy
    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!

    - they're for disabled people. To make their life a bit easier. Have we really go to the stage where people begrudge walking?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 21.

    I think there is also a small minority of disabled people who are quite happy to give away their Blue badge to family and friend to abuse. I work at a government building with 17 Disabled spaces that are full from around midday, everyday. I doubt I see more than 2 or 3 people a week who look like they deserve one. Its amazing how many Transit Van Drivers are disabled these days........

  • rate this
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    Comment number 20.

    1. Desperate Dan
    'lots of empty spaces' - have you tried looking in Glasgow's Merchant City? There's a Batmobile with a blue badge!! High performance sports car and very low seats....if you are in need of a blue badge...there's no way a Batmobile is suitable for disabled people!
    3. Dave - Family parking? No wonder we have so many fat kids!!!!

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    Comment number 19.

    What really infuriates me is there is a car across the road with its own disabled space, but he does not park there and blocks a space for his daughters car.

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    Comment number 18.

    Whilst there are people who genuinely require the need for a Blue Badge, the whole thing has become a cheats charter.

    The problem could be alleviated to a degree if all parking spaces were made slightly bigger to accommodate today's modern vehicles which have all grown in size. That way there would be no need for people to steal the disabled or family parking bays.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 17.

    Parent and child spaces solution - Just carry a toy pram in the boot, use it to carry you shopping back to the car - Sorted

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    Comment number 16.

    I have used blue badges when carrying disabled relatives and have been irked by car drivers displaying blue badges but not displaying any infirmity. Mostly expensive cars. The regulations for issuing these permits should be tightened; perhaps sending GPs to jail for falsely certifying disability would help? In Canada they have temporary permits for eg people with hip operations - why not here?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 15.

    8.

    Thats the trouble, early in the morning there ARE empty disabled spaces, come midday they are full. Try finding a disabled space at Tesco come midday.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 14.

    11. barryp

    A review of ALL parking restrictions'd be a better idea. Removal of profit motive from car park charges would be a good start, & make employment of Parking Wardens by LA's illegal. Restore the idea that car parks are services not cash cows, & the need for Blue badges will disappear,
    -
    Agreed - what did Mary Portas say in her review of the declining high streets?
    Long live Amazon?
    No!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 13.

    If you want to stop fraudulent use of BB's then remove the free parking. I have a BB and get really annoyed at people who park in the disabled spaces without one, however, I don't see why I should get free parking. I'm greatful for being allowed to park closer to where I want to go, but I'm just as capable as anyone else to 'pay my way.'

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    Comment number 12.

    "7.Jason
    "more family parking please". Can you explain why you believe Families."
    Family spaces are bigger I have two children I have two car seats have you any idea how hard it is to get two kids out and in a car with no room either side of the the car. I can go to a supermarket and see 20 empty disabled bays that I cannot use. while these spaces are not being used.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 11.

    A review of ALL parking restrictions would be a better idea. Removal of the profit motive from car park charges would be a good start, and make employment of agent Parking Wardens by LA's illegal. Restore the idea that car parks are services not cash cows, and the need for Blue badges will disappear,

 

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