Drivers are being urged to think twice about misusing blue badges as the Scottish Government announces a clampdown on abuse of the system. From March 30, local authorities will have the power to confiscate badges and cancel lost or stolen badges.
Thoughtless drivers caught misusing a badge will face fines of up to £1,000.
The blue badge scheme is an essential service for disabled people allowing access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services.
Normal everyday tasks such as going to the shops, attending a doctor’s appointment or even going to work, things that most of us take for granted, become impossible due to lack of access.
Research conducted by Transport Scotland in 2012 showed that 76 per cent of blue badge holders would go out less often if they were without their badge.
The campaign will also raise awareness among other road users of the regulations surrounding the blue badge scheme, reminding them that use of the badge is for the sole use of the blue badge holder as a driver or passenger of the vehicle and any other practice is committing an offence.
The Government hopes that these additional powers will allow disabled badge holders to lead independent lives.