Omg this is a disgrace, we are meant to be tax free i know they have to get money from some where, but this a a joke except i am not laughing.
How can the Government justify this, after all we have to pay for the photos which have to be the correct size, and all they have to do is stick the photo on the card and stamp it, add your name and laminate it, and post it off to you.
The government is spending £55m over three years in overhauling the Blue Badge parking scheme, including £10m on a data sharing database for local authorities to enable them to tackle rogue badge users.
For the first time, the government is planning to give local authorities the power to seize stolen or forged Blue Badges. Local authorities currently issue the badges to those with disabilities.
Transport minister Paul Clark said, "Two thirds of councils tell us abuse of the scheme is a major issue, and that around one in every 200 badges in circulation are reported as stolen each year. With forged or stolen badges reportedly being sold on the black market for up to £1,500 a time, it is time to get tough and stop Blue Badge abuse and vehicle crime."
To support immediate confiscation of misused badges, a £10m national data sharing system will be established by councils, to ensure stolen or forged badges from outside their local area can be easily identified for the first time.
The Department for Transport is also looking at new technologies to make the badges harder to forge, including barcodes that can be read through car windscreens.
A new system of assessing eligibility for the Blue Badge is also being developed. This will include dedicated independent medical assessors, who will ensure that only those who really need a badge receive one. This will standardise assessments throughout the country and lighten the workload of GPs, who currently carry out individual assessments in many areas.
What they should do is have the power to sieze the car then fine the driver for offenses against the badge scheme. They should also look at enforcing the rules of people parking in bays without badges or disabled tax classed vehicles.
I thought we were un a recession and the Government are supposed to be helping people. How can they justify increasing the price by 1000%. The people who this affects are genuine disabled people. The people they need to crack down on are those who use them illegally and those who have forged badges. They should ban the people who use them illegally, and if the car they use is their own it should be crushed.
I have had my blue car badge for about 5 years as I have walking difficulties. We are also on a very strict budget and all our incoming/out going is accounted for. The increase may seem small to some but where do we get the extras money from to pay for it.
I have never been challenged by anyone with regard to my badge and I think parking attendants should ask to see the ID on the back of the card to prove you or you.
Also disabled parking in supermarkets are abused. I had to park in a child & family parking space in Morrisons last year and was challenged. I told the attendant that there were no disabled parking spaces left and that about 6 cars parked there did not display a badge - go and challenge them! I then left him to ponder on this and went shopping.