Blue badge allocation consultation

North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell.
North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell.

A REVAMP of the controversial blue badge system could see a fairer allocation given to Fifers.

That is the view of North East Fife MSP Roderick Campbell, who said a consultation currently underway could crack down on the misuse of blue badges - and ensure those who need them, get them.

He said: “This consultation, being led by my colleague, Dennis Robertson MSP, is very timeous following a number of complaints to my office regarding the refusal of blue badge applications.

“I appreciate the efforts to reduce the misuse and fraud of badges however I believe the proposed appeal mechanism could be of significant interest to those who believe they have legitimate need for a blue badge but have been refused.”

It is thought the proposal may strengthen existing legislation and introduce an appeal process for applicants who were refused a blue badge on eligibilty grounds.

The move followed publication of the ‘Use and Value of the Blue Badge Scheme’ report which suggested misuse was seen as a major problem by the majority of badge holders.

Mr Campbell added: “I would encourage all users of blue badges, or those who know or are related to a blue badge user, to respond.”