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The Blue Badge Scheme During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in General News on Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Staffing in council offices has significantly reduced at this time due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. With this in mind, local authorities around the country are changing their operational procedures. One of the many services affected by these changes is the process of Blue Badge applications and enforcement of the scheme.

The British Parking Association (BPA) has worked in conjunction with the Local Government Association (LGA) to publish operational advice for the benefit of local  parking and traffic management teams at this time. This document covers the issue of delayed Blue Badge applications and the subsequent short term use of expired badges. In the section relating to these issues, the document reads: “Acknowledging that local authorities may have to delay processing new Blue Badge applications and reapplications, and may also have an existing backlog of current applications, the UK and devolved governments and local government associations are advising that local authority parking teams should not issue Penalty Charge Notices to citizens using Blue Badges with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards. This relaxation of enforcement against expired Blue Badges should continue initially until 30 September 2020”

It is important to remember that each individual council is still responsible for deciding how they are going to enforce the scheme in their area. Therefore, it is advisable to check the enforcement policies that a specific council is adopting before visiting the area. You should be able to find these policies by visiting either the parking or Blue Badge section of the local authority’s website.  It is also worth noting that the council may have created a section on their website which relates specifically to COVID-19, and how their practices have changed at this time.

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