The Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Dennis Robertson MSP on 17 December 2013, and was subsequently referred to this Committee as the lead committee for Stage 1 scrutiny.
The Bill aims to 'improve the ability of local authorities to tackle misuse of the blue badge to obtain on-street parking concessions'. It also aims to protect 'the rights of badge holders and strengthen the existing framework of the [blue badge] scheme’.
The Bill and other documents.
The Committee agreed its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1 at its meeting on 22 January 2014, and will take oral evidence from witnesses over March and April 2014.
Call for Written Evidence
On Thursday 23 January 2014 the Local Government and Regeneration Committee launched its Call for Evidence on the Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill. The closing date for written submissions was 17.00pm Wednesday 12 March 2014.
The Committee invited interested parties to submit written evidence on the Bill, setting out views on the provisions of the Bill as well as addressing the following questions:
- In what ways do you consider the Bill will strengthen the existing blue badge scheme? Will it weaken it in any way?
- What are your views on providing powers under the Bill to confiscate badges to persons other than parking attendants in uniform?
- Are there any other equality issues arising from the proposed Bill?
- Do you have any other relevant comments or suggestions, in particular are there other proposals which should have been included in the Bill?
Submissions should be limited to no more than eight pages of A4. Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note - Before submitting your evidence please read the Parliament’s policy on treatment of written evidence by subject and mandatory committees.
Page last updated 13 March 2014.
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill on 7 May 2014.
The Bill has been referred to the Committee at Stage 2.
The Committee expects to consider amendments to the Bill on 11 June 2014.
The first Daily List of Amendments was published on 6 June 2014.