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Blue Badge abuse clampdown in Dundee ahead of legislation change  

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Drivers and passengers who abuse the Blue Badge scheme in Dundee could have their badges confiscated through new legislation which came into force at the end of March.

The Blue Badge scheme provides an essential service for disabled people in Dundee allowing access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services. This parking access often makes the difference as to whether people with mobility problems live their lives as fully as they can.  The Scottish Government hopes that by providing these additional powers to confiscate badges and cancel lost or stolen badges, people will think twice before misusing them. Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “Blue Badge misuse is socially unacceptable as it prevents the 228,000 legitimate badge holders across Scotland from accessing the on-street parking concessions to which they are entitled.

“Granting extra powers for local authorities to tackle Blue Badge misuse and confiscate badges that are not valid or are being used illegally by a third party for their own benefit will allow disabled badge holders to access services in the community and lead independent lives.”

Research conducted by Transport Scotland in 2012 showed that 76% of Blue Badge holders would go out less often if they were without their badge.  Many also felt they wouldn’t be able to go out at all.  Abuse of the scheme reduces the number of on street disabled parking bays and

on-street parking spaces available for use by genuine Blue Badges holders. Local authorities including Dundee City Council are keen to stamp out the misuse with Parking Enforcement Officers constantly dealing with possible cases of misuse. For more information on Blue Badges and the rules and regulations around their use, please visit www.bluebadgescotland.org


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