April 2014

Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill

The Society's Equalities Committee submitted written evidence and David Cabrelli, member of the committee, gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee on March 26. The aim of the Bill is to tackle fraudulent use and strengthen the enforcement powers of the Blue Badge scheme, which affords parking concessions to disabled persons. The committee is generally supportive of the policy intent behind the Bill, but has concerns around the introduction of a strict liability offence, which they believe to be disproportionate, and the review process of any decision being restricted internally to the local authority.

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