New legislation means Blue Badge scheme changes

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As a result of new legislation which comes into force on January 1, Angus Council, like all other local authorities in the UK, has been required to make some changes to the administration of the Blue Badge Scheme.

New applicants for a disabled persons parking badge or Blue Badge will be issued with a new design of badge as from January 1.

A new style application form, which is larger and gathers more detail, will also be introduced on January 1.

The facility to make on line applications for a Blue Badge will also be available from January 1 via www.bluebadgescotland.org.

As of January 1, all badges will be issued centrally for Scotland and not by individual local authorities.

Angus Council will continue to administer the scheme and assess all Blue Badge applications. The charge will remain at £20.00 and be free for a child.

Convener of social work and health, Councillor Alison Andrews said: “These changes to the Blue Badge scheme are a result of reform measures introduced by Transport Scotland.

“The measures are designed to make the scheme fairer, to tackle fraud and misuse and to improve administration of the scheme. ACCESS offices will still issue and receive application forms.

“However, due to the new legislation, it will no longer be possible to issue a badge over the counter at our local ACCESS Offices.”

Existing Blue Badge holders will not see any change until their badge needs renewed, but if a badge needs replaced before its expiry date a charge of £4.60 will be made for a replacement.

Some additional information may also be required if there is a need to replace a Blue Badge prior to it expiring.

For further information on these changes please contact the council’s ACCESSLine in 08452 777 778 or go on line to www.bluebadgescotland.org as from January 1.