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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17344: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors the effectiveness of the Blue Badge parking scheme, and how it ensures that the parking spaces are not misused by others.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 3 July 2018

The Scottish Government is keen to ensure the Blue Badge scheme is fit for purpose and enables disabled people to make more journeys. The Scottish Government provides the overarching legislative and policy framework for the scheme, whereas the scheme is administered by local authorities.

Following evaluation of the recently introduced extension to eligibility criteria, Transport Scotland officials are working to improve the scheme as a whole. Officials are talking with disabled people, healthcare professionals, local authorities and other stakeholders to identify how policy changes might help. Officials are also supporting the spread of good practice in Blue Badge administration and enforcement among local authorities.

Currently evidence is being gathered to identify the factors responsible for Blue Badge misuse and policy officials are working to develop proposals to address these. For example, lack of knowledge has been recognised as one of the main reasons for misusing the scheme and a further awareness-raising awareness campaign is being considered to make people understand what impact their actions have on disabled people.