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MSPs look at changes to disabled parking scheme

MSPS are to examine ­proposals to tackle the misuse of parking badges for the disabled.

The scheme provides ­parking concessions for people with severely restricted mobility who have difficulty using public transport.

A bill designed to strengthen enforcement of the blue badge scheme will be the subject of an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Aberdeenshire West SNP MSP Dennis Robertson's Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill plans to give local authorities the power to cancel badges that have been reported lost or stolen and confiscate badges that are being misused.

It also proposes a review process for applicants when an ­application is refused on eligibility grounds.

Committee convener Kevin Stewart MSP said: "The misuse of the blue badge scheme can have a major impact on the lives of those who rely on the ability to use ­disabled parking spaces to access the everyday services that most of us take for granted.

"We want to hear from people about the impact such misuse has on their lives and whether the bill before us will make a difference.

"Measures such as ­confiscating and cancelling badges might appear extreme, and we will look carefully at the proposals before us to see if they really will have the desired effect of deterring misuse."

The committee has issued a public call for evidence on the issue.

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