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 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 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

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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?

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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 84.

    If you're disabled you get more benefits. You also come under less pressure to get back into work. Therefore, a double incentive exists for people - who are not disabled - to claim that they are.

    Furthermore, you get a mobility car. If you have mobility car, they can't take your benefits off you. So that's another perverse incentive.

    Blue badge abuse is at the bottom of the pile, in my opinion

 

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