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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02578: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on using social advertising to highlight the need for people to be aware of the provisions of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 September 2016

Transport Scotland officials are setting up a stakeholder group with parking managers from all local authorities in Scotland and they will discuss how social media can be used in this regard at the first meeting of the group.

The Scottish Government recognises that disabled persons’ parking places play a vital role in enabling disabled people to carry out day-to-day activities that non-disabled people can take for granted. The disabled person’s parking places provided for blue badge holders at their home and near to shops, services and facilities are generally located close to entrances reducing the required walking distance that many disabled people may find difficulty with. The Scottish Government welcomes all initiatives that highlight how important disabled persons’ parking places are to the lives of Blue Badge holders.