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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    Comment number 270.

    Both my kids can't walk, because they are small kids and haven't learned yet, and require a push chair - which is a wheel chair really - and need 24 hour care from me and need me to get them places and appointments because they can't drive - can I get a blue badge? Or a special permit to park anywhere I want?

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    Comment number 269.

    Thought I was getting some funny looks when I leave my Blue Peter badge on the dashboard.

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    Comment number 268.


    If you think that being disabled has so many benefits then why not consider causing yourself some disabling injury to cash in on all the things you feel are so great about it?
    More's the pity that a disabled person couldn't make the same choice. hmm... maybe this disability thing isn't quite as rosey as you think.

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    Comment number 267.

    I am sick of being unable to get into BBadge spaces because of Taxis or Large White vans using them. On the few occasions when I have actually spoken to a driver I was able to saedonically congratulate him on getting a job driving for these firms.
    Living in East Kilbride I have difficulty going to Hospital and not getting a space there because an athletic sprinter is using the space,

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    Comment number 266.

    @257 Adam. I'm intrigued. So are you saying that if another loved one of mine suddenly becomes disabled, your view is that they should be left to fend for themselves, no special treatment? If they need to get to the first floor in a shop where there is no longer a disabled lift , they have to crawl up the normal stairs on hands and knees as there is no such thing as assistance in your world ?

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    Comment number 265.

    Well, well, here they are again the comments born out of envy, jeaslousy and spite, get a life we are talking about a blue badge

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    Comment number 264.

    @257. Adam
    Oh, you're back...

    Equality, oh yes, on a level playing field.

    I don't think I (nor many others) would consider extra parking space nearer an access point for a wheelchair bound person who is having their weekly trip out of the house, as positive discrimination.

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    Comment number 263.

    Agree with this. I once tried to explain to a colleague that it wasn't appropriate that she used her mother's blue badge to park in a disabled space outside a supermarket, without her mother being in the car. Her reasonsing was that since she was doing shopping for her mother, she should be allowed to use the badge to park. She could not see why she was abusing the system.

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    Comment number 262.

    To look at I may appear to be 'the able-bodied lazy blue badge abuser'. In fact I am a mute autistic trying to live independently doing my own chores and have absolutely no support from anyone. I also am urine incontinent and have poor mobility due to a spinal condition which causes me much pain and chronic fatigue. Please don't judge by outward appearances.

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    Comment number 261.

    257. Adam
    Yes I know exactly what you are saying Adam, I understand your point completely. I just disagree with it.
    I prefer to live in a society where the strong and able dont mind going out of their way a bit to make sure those that are less able are given some assistance.

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    Comment number 260.

    @257. Adam

    What I mean by grace civility towards disabled people is to treat them as equals.
    So lets see examples of this in action

    *No more laws to force shops to install disabled access
    *No disability benefits
    *No paralympics
    *No more sympathy

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    Comment number 259.

    @236 Adam. I would exchange all my material possesions with someone who would accept my wife's chronic rheumatoid arthritis, knee and hip joints, and daily pain and see if that person could still get on with life as well as she can without complaining or accepting any external help apart from a BB. Are you willing to take up the offer?

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    Comment number 258.

    It's interesting that 250. Adam avoided the disabled person in his post.

    For the record, as far as my standard of living is concerned, I'm not interested in keeping up with the Jones's (rule number 10).

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    Comment number 257.

    255. Arma1

    What I mean by grace civility towards disabled people is to treat them as equals. Using disabled parking spaces as an example, if my local supermarket put a sign up saying 'no disable drivers', I'd be against that, and I'm sure you'd agree with me.

    What I'm against is promoting positive discrimination, and peoples lack of common sense and strict observance of political correctness.

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    Comment number 256.

    16 Minutes ago
    247. Arma1

    All I'm saying is that if having a disability means you have reduced standard of living, you should accept that. Otherwise anyone could demand 'help'. I don't want to live in a society like that.
    God help us all if we lived in a society where we didn't help those less fortunate - remember, it may be you needing the help tomorrow.

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    Comment number 255.

    250. Adam

    I can't speak for how you define these qualities but judging by how people are rating your comments I'd say your interpretation is not kept by most people :)

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    Comment number 254.

    My blue badge is my life line, it enables me to join the rest of the world and get close to where I need to be. Abusers make me so angry, the last people I asked 'do you have blue badge' £*** you. An able bodied/arrogant person, 'my daughter will get wet'/'I'm only going to be a minute' I'll move if a disabled person needs it... I am sincerly thankful to have it

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    Comment number 253.

    @ 250. Adam
    'All I'm saying is that if having a disability means you have reduced standard of living, you should accept that.'

    Interesting idea. That disabled people CHOOSE to have a disability?

    I am pretty sure that you are posting to amuse yourself so won't go any further with this arguement.

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    Comment number 252.

    Please remember that folks may look well and ablebodied. But they may have a condition that has periods of remission and 'wellness' which months later can substantially change, for the worse. A cuture of blame and punishment is not going to help this debate but at mimimum some monitoring of the system might help and if folk don't have their own permit then yes a standard fine could be used.

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    Comment number 251.

    To those angry over parent and child spaces, use your head. It's difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get a baby seat out of the car in a normal parking space.

    When the kids are older they open the door without considering the cars around them. The extra space stops them from bumping other cars. They're located near entrances to reduce the risk of kids being knocked over in busy car parks.


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