So if you are a Blue Badge user be careful, you do not want it stolen or copied. You should also be very aware that not all disabilities are visible. Do not think because the person in the next car has not got a walking stick that they aren’t disabled. As well as physical disabilities many people who suffer from Autism or learning problems can apply for a Blue Badge.
For all of us though the Blue Badge scheme is a help that should not be abused. The badge is issued to a person with particular needs, not to a car. This means that it should only be displayed when the person concerned is using it. It isn’t to allow your friend or partner to just pop down to the shops and park more easily using your Blue Badge.
The rise in theft of blue badges is increasing around the whole of the UK. This means that people are able to park where they like without any good reason. If you are unfortunate enough to have yours stolen you need to report it to the Police. You will need a crime number before you can request a replacement. It is always a good idea to take a photocopy of your Blue Badge each time it is renewed.
We all, who use the Blue Badge Schemes will have a reason for doing so. Certainly, wheelchair users and Blue Badges go together but it is not the only reason to have one.
Make sure you protect your Blue badge, it is a privilege that should not be abused.