MPs agree third reading of Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Bill

- United Kingdom

The bill makes several provisions relating to 'blue badges' for use by disabled people to park in designated areas.

The bill seeks to empower local authorities to cancel a blue badge if it is reported lost or stolen and to entitle plain clothes enforcement officers to make inspections of blue badges.

The Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Bill is a private members' bill, introduced by Conservative MP Simon Kirby. Mr Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown, introduced the third reading of his bill saying it had wide support from local authorities and disabled people.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, spoke in favour of the bill at the report stage, but sought to introduce his own amendments arguing for a minimum prison sentence to be set for those found guilty of misusing blue badges. Mr Davies later withdrew his amendments and the bill proceeded directly to third reading.

Christopher Chope, Conservative MP for Christchurch, remained concerned that temporarily disabled people would still be unable to apply for a badge. He was reassured by the minister that local authorities would have some discretion over the granting of temporary permits.

Labour shadow Lillian Greenwood spoke in support of the bill but criticised the impact on disabled people of cuts to public transport services. She asked for reassurance that all those currently eligible for the badge would continue to be eligible under the provisions of the bill.

MPs agreed to give the bill its third reading, and it will be considered in the House of Lords. If made law it will apply in England and Wales.

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