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Byline: DAVID CLEGG d.clegg@dailyrecord.co.uk

A CRACKDOWN upon abuse in the blue badge disabled parking system was

unveiled from Holyrood yesterday.

Councils are generally to be offered unprecedented powers in order to confiscate badges

which are increasingly being misused and cancel others reported stolen.

-The move will come amid concerns that present badges, which allow

users to park in certain restricted areas, are generally topic to widespread abuse.

Up to end up being able to 4000 badges issued to individuals that have since died are still feared

to be in use, following official figures revealed they will hadn't been returned

by relatives.

The SNP's Dennis Robertson, Scotland's simply blind MSP,

outlined the facts involving his intends to clamp down about the abuse.

The Members' Bill will give loca pow poor bee or perhaps con thaI up a

review li t h nearby authorities your power to cancel badges which usually have

been reported lost stolen and also confiscate badges which are misused.

It will even set method with moviestarplanet hack diamonds regard to applicants whenever a badge is actually refused on

eligibility grounds.

The blue badge scheme provides parking concessions for those with

severely limited mobility that have difficulties utilizing public transport.

A latest survey regarding 800 badge customers through Transport Scotland found 83

per cent had experienced misuse regarding blue badges.

Misuse of a blue badge is definitely an offence, however enforcement powers lie

with the particular police.

Robertson said: "Blue badge misuse is socially unacceptable as

it prevents badge holders via accessing the on-street parking

concessions for you to which usually they may well be entitled.

"Tackling misuse will help badge holders access solutions and

lead independent lives."

He added: "This continues for you to be driven by people with disability

themselves. They Will tend to be angry and frustrated at what exactly is happening. We need

to stop this misuse."

The Bill will be backed from the Scottish Government and will be also nearly certain

to be manufactured law.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "It is sensible to

confiscate badges in which aren't valid or becoming employed illegally with a third


Jackie Maceira, convener in the Scottish Disability Equality Forum,

said he believed misuse associated with badges can be "widespread".

He mentioned powers for you to confiscate would give local authorities the

"teeth" that they have to enforce the principles of the scheme.


BILL SNP MSP Dennis Robertson

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DISGRACEFUL Vehicles without blue badge displayed seen parked in

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BOYS IN BLUE BADGE ABUSE Cop automobile inside a disabled space within Edinburgh

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