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 50.

    What would be a better would be to overhaul parking strategy and make it fairer for all. Some people are going out of their way to cheat, why , because motorists are cheated constantly with unfair pricing of parking and fines etc etc.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 49.

    Do supermarkets, and their ilk, really have parking bays for disabled and different bays for mother and child? Would it not be sensible to have one bay for both uses?

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    Comment number 48.

    You can obtain labels with super-aggressive adhesive on very weak paper that bear a message along the lines of 'this is a disabled parking space and you are abusing it. This label may only be fully removed by using turpentine solvent and a blunt plastic scraper'. Stuck in the driver's sight-line it defies all attempts to remove it cleanly, leaving most of the paper behind. Inconvenience them!

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    Comment number 47.

    @3 - how come you believe you have priority over others, just because you're in a "family" ?

    It's the selfish society gone mad.

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    Comment number 46.

    At various supermarkets near us there are rows of disabled bays, almost always totally empty. But it is politically correct to have them. Meanwhile the ordinary bays are full with traffic queuing for spaces.
    The supermarkets clearly have decided they have to show they are considerate but in their zeal for political correctness have just gone that bit too far.

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    Comment number 45.

    #42

    Really, at allcarparks in the country? Are you sure?
    I've been in my local tesco at all times of day, never are all the disabled ones full.
    ALWAYS the parent and child are.

    One local MSCP has TWO parent and child, and FOURTY disabled ones.

    What is wrong with saying that genuine disabled people should have them, but that the numbers of spaces should be kept reasonable?

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    Comment number 44.

    Its anectodal but in my experience the disabled spaces where I live (outside London) are numerous to the point of insanity and largely empty. I find the same situtation in the Sainsburys carpark with roughly a fifth of spaces taken up with empty disabled spots. This isn't a sign of real demand I think. Maybe its all the dodgy blue badge holders. I'm off to get fleeced at the council carpark.

  • rate this
    -6

    Comment number 43.

    I always understood you HAD to have a car to have a blue badge. NOT so as I know a few people with badges who don't even drive never mind own a car. A system that needs overhauling and fast.

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    Comment number 42.

    26 Jumping devil

    And dont presume disabled bays stay emprty, they quickly fill up. At Tescos at 10 am there are plenty, come 12pm they are full. You showed your ignorance by saying there should be more parent bays for children then disabled ones. At Tescos, there are enough parent and child ones.

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    Comment number 41.

    3.Dave
    Family Bay's are 2 to 1 against disabled bays, how many more do you require?
    You come across a very nice man, don't you? Not all Disabled get a 'free' car, or free pescriptions or food! Where do you get your facts from?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 40.

    An old relative who lives away from us gave up driving and is now getting frail. We would like a blue badge for occasional use, so we can park directly outside the railway station if they visit by train.
    Trying to jump through the hoops to get this is a nightmare. The authorities are so keen on their clipboards and tick boxes they have no appreciation of the real-life difficulties people face.

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    Comment number 39.

    A good start would be to attack those using spaces without a badge - maybe a minimum fine of 10 times the local parking fine would help? That reduces the problem quickly and then look at the more complex issue of true eligibility and fraud/misuse. Some people who appear 'fit' may be having a good day whereas their normal state is anything but - it's not always simple to judge.

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    Comment number 38.

    Disabled and "parent and INFANT" (not parent and 20yr+ child) spaces are to give extra room for getting in and out of the car.

    As a parent I know trying to get an infant seat in/out of the car in a normal space is very difficult, often involving parking so close on drivers side that you have to get out the passenger side.

    People abuse these spaces not out of ignorance but as there are no fines!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 37.

    #36
    I'm all for blue badges and have several friends in dire need of them.

    What isn't needed is the number of spaces that are allocated.

    I would be quite happy with more parent and child (wider) spaces at the FAR end of the car-park. Just space to stick a pram by the side of the car.

    But hey don't stop jumping to conclusions about the ignorance of others while showing your own!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 36.

    26. Laughing Devil

    Another example of total ignorant people not understanding disability. I presume you and your children can walk fine? Grudging genuine disabled people a parking space is pretty below the belt.

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    Comment number 35.

    No I don't think anyone would want a terminal illness, and everyone would be sympathetic and understanding I thought the discussion here was about abuse by wrongful users and abusers, or in other words people who should not use the spaces because they do not meet the criteria and those who manipulate the scheme to become a user. Wrong is wrong and Its good that we hear both sides of the debate.

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    Comment number 34.

    @29. C2theD

    I'm only winding you up - I don't even own a car, can't afford it what with getting robbed every time I go to the supermarket!

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    Comment number 33.

    I never have a problem parking when shopping in town, or a supermarket, as I walk or go by bike. Owning a car is as so old hat, don't you think.

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    Comment number 32.

    Follow the money: there is a tidy market in illegal blue badges because it saves a fortune in parking charges and gives wider options to park on the roads and convenient spaces in car parks. It's absolutely unethical.

    So are parking charges, absence of parking options and jobs-worth who collect these 'taxes'.

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