Disabled parking-badges clampdown

People who misuse disabled-parking badges could have them confiscated on the spot under new tighter rules.

Councils look set to be given the authority to take back the blue badges if they think they are being abused.

The Department for Transport is consulting on the largest review of the disabled-parking scheme in 30 years.

The review is also considering extending the scheme to seriously injured Armed Forces personnel and veterans, and more children under three years of age.

About 2.5 million disabled people are currently enrolled in the scheme, which offers priority parking for badge holders and those helping them to get around. However, misuse of badges by able-bodied friends and relatives, or in some cases forgeries, have been identified.

Transport minister Sadiq Khan said: "From visiting friends and family, to attending a doctor's appointment or getting to and from work, the blue badge scheme helps millions of disabled people throughout England retain their independence."

"However, our 2008 strategy paper highlighted the extent to which some people are abusing the scheme which means that it does not benefit as many people as it should - this can't be allowed to happen.

"This consultation gives greater detail on how we can tackle these problems and aims to ensure that the right people get a badge in the first place."

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