Simon Kirby’s “Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges Bill”, which will receive its second reading in the chamber of the House of Commons on 6 July, has already attracted cross party support, with the list of supporters including Labour MP David Blunkett and Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd.
The aim of the Bill is to protect people who genuinely need a blue badge by clamping down on the misuse of badges by those individuals abusing the current scheme. The National Fraud Authority estimates it to be costing local authorities up to £46 million per annum. The Bill would introduce a number of measures to tackle this problem.
Tracey has been contacted by many constituents concerning people misusing disabled spaces in Maidstone.
Tracey said: “I know that many disabled people in Chatham and Aylesford are frustrated when they cannot park because someone is misusing a badge. This Bill will clamp down on those individuals who abuse the system and deprive legitimate badge holders from parking. Pretending to be disabled for financial gain is deeply offensive to people with genuine disabilities”
Tracey added: “The changes contained within the Bill will improve the credibility of the scheme and result in the greater availability of parking spaces, protecting the scheme for genuine badge holders who have the most need. I am pleased to be supporting this Bill, which will benefit many genuine blue badge holders up and down the country.”
For more information about the bill please see below.
|Disabled Persons Parking Badges Bill Q&A.pdf