Changes to Blue Badge Scheme

THERE will be changes to the administration of the Blue Badge Scheme in Angus.

Angus Council revealed that this is because of new legislation which comes into force on January 1.

New applicants for a disabled person’s 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 the same date. The facility to make on line applications for a Blue Badge will also be available via www.bluebadgescotland.org on January 1.

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 and be free for a child.

The 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.

From January 1, for information contact ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778 or go online to www.bluebadgescotland.org