New crackdown measures on motorists abusing the disabled parking system will be enforced from New Year's Day, including a new Blue Badge design which is more difficult to forge.
Part of the good news is that disabled drivers can organise trips withJourney Planner with less worry of finding somewhere to park at the end of their drive.
The Government announced the measures to tackle Blue Badge fraud which is thought to have cost the nation £46 million per year. The badges prioritise key parking spaces near important services for 2.5 million disabled people each year.
Unfortunately, rising fraud has meant the spaces are often full. Now disabled drivers can apply for a badge printed electronically whereas Blue Badges have previously been made from card and hand-written, and there will be improved ways of spotting the eligibility of badge seekers.
Security features on the new badge include a unique hologram, digital photo and serial number which means parking attendants can check more easily from the other side of the windscreen, and badge holders can apply for renewals online.
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