Confrontation fears over blue badge crackdown

A crackdown on the misuse of disabled parking permits has sparked fears it could provoke confrontation betwen drivers and wardens. Pic: Neil Hanna
A crackdown on the misuse of disabled parking permits has sparked fears it could provoke confrontation betwen drivers and wardens. Pic: Neil Hanna
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A CRACKDOWN on misuse of disabled parking permits could lead to confrontations between wardens and blue badge holders, lawyers have warned.

MSPs were today expected to back a Bill strengthening the enforcement of “blue badge” permits, with undercover wardens patrolling disabled bays. But the Law Society of Scotland warned the new powers could cause “confusion and anxiety” for badge holders if they were challenged.

David Cabrelli, of the society’s equalities law committee, said: “Our concern here is that this may cause confrontational situations.

“Many blue badge holders may not be aware of the use of non-uniformed enforcement officers, and to be requested to produce their blue badge for examination may cause confusion and anxiety.”

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said the wardens would carry photo identification.