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Leave Disabled Bays For Those Entitled To Them
Be Fair or Be Fined – that’s the message for anyone parking in disabled bays who are not entitled to do so.
South Lanarkshire Council is encouraging people to leave disabled bays for blue badge holders. Some of the key messages are:
Being “just a minute” is not a disability
A big car is not a disability
A family is not a disability
Nowhere to park is not a disability
Councillor Gerry Convery, the council’s spokesperson for disability, said: “Anyone parking in a disabled bay who is not obeying the rules of the blue badge scheme is selfish and irresponsible.
“They deserve to be punished and as a council we are determined to crack down on any misuse.
“The blue badges are for individuals and can only be used if you are either the driver or passenger in a vehicle.”
Letting someone else use your blue badge is against the law and can result in fines of up to £1000 – as well as losing your blue badge.
Councillor Convery added: “The vast majority of people who have blue badges use them in the correct manner and adhere to the “rights and responsibilities” leaflet they get along with the documentation.
“It is only a selfish minority who are not obeying the rules and it is these people who we will be targeting.”
Anyone entitled to use a blue badge should make sure it is displayed correctly – on the dashboard or fascia and with the photo and other relevant details facing down so it can be easily read by a parking attendant. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
Parking signs in the area should also be checked to ensure blue badge holders can legally park there.
If the badge is lost or stolen, this must be reported immediately to the police or local council.
For all the details on the rules of the blue badge scheme please go to www.bluebadgescotland.org