New law will bring crackdown on Blue Badge abuse

A crackdown has been launched on drivers who abuse the Blue Badge scheme which is intended to help disabled people.RSC A4 landscape poster [impossible]

Argyll and Bute Council says its wardens will target people who illegally display the badges and are not eligible to use them.

It is backing a Scottish Government campaign to allow badges to be confiscated from drivers and passengers who are suspected of abusing the scheme, thanks to new legislation coming into force at the end of this.

Amenity and environmental wardens will then have powers to deal with possible cases of misuse, with the authority to approach people who have parked in a disabled bay and inspect any Blue Badge being displayed.

If they have reasons to believe the badge is being incorrectly used they are authorised to confiscate the badge and pass it to the council’s social services department for investigation.

The council’s policy lead for adult care, Dougie Philand, said: “The Blue Badge scheme can be a lifeline for people with mobility problems and can often make the difference to them to living their lives as fully and richly as they can.

“The council is committed to making it possible for people in our communities to live active, healthier and independent lives, and this includes protecting the use of Blue Badges which provide an essential service for disabled people by allowing access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services.

“It is a criminal offence to misuse a Blue Badge – hopefully this new legislation will make people think twice before they do so.”

Blue Badges are issued by the council, and remain the property of the council, which can ask for a badge to be returned if it is being misused.