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Parking: Disabled

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to reduce fraudulent use of disabled parking. (195729)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: New regulations introduced on 15 October last year have changed the design of the Blue Badge to include a tamper proof hologram and a new gender specific number to aid parking enforcement. In addition, I recently announced the pilots of a tamper proof laminate to further prevent badge fraud.

In January 2008 I published new local authority guidance and launched a £0.5 million fund to promote improved enforcement at a local level. The Department for Transport is also consulting on proposals to improve enforcement of the Blue Badge scheme. This may include the creation of a secure machine readable badge and national data sharing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to encourage businesses to provide sufficient disabled parking. (195730)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: The Department has published advice on provision and design of parking for disabled car users in Traffic Advisory Leaflet 5/95 “Parking for Disabled People” and “Inclusive Mobility—A Guide to Best Practice on Access to Pedestrian and Transport Infrastructure”.

This includes specific advice on employment premises, shopping areas, leisure and recreational facilities.