THE British Parking Association (BPA) is concerned some websites are charging fees of around £50 to process Blue Badge applications.
The Blue Badge is available to qualifying disabled people to allow them free or low cost parking and sometimes access to services and facilities.
Blue Badges can be applied for through a local authority or the gov.uk websites and the process is completely free of charge.
If eligible, Blue Badges cost a maximum of £10 in England, £20 in Scotland and £2 in Northern Ireland, but free in Wales.
It is absolutely right that people with mobility difficulties have access to a scheme of parking concessions.
The BPA works closely with all UK Governments and Disabled Motoring UK to allow genuine Blue Badge holders an improved service and provide local authorities the means to more effectively manage and enforce the scheme.
People should apply for their Blue Badge through official channels such as www.direct.gov.uk or contact their own local authority directly.
People should think twice before they use fee charging websites which are entirely unnecessary and seek to profit from disabled people.
Abuse, misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badges Scheme should become a thing of the past.
British Parking Association