Blue Badges to be modernised

A parking card for disabled people.

A parking card for disabled people.

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CHANGES are being made to tackle disabled badge fraud and misuse.

Blue Badges - available to disabled motorists - are being modernised following a national consultation with users, local authorities and other bodies.

The badge scheme will be made and issued centrally for the whole country with assessments for people on a local level from January 1.

Customers will be able to apply for a badge online when they log on to www.direct.gov.uk

The badges will also have improved security features and be registered on a national database.

People have also been warned that misusing a Blue Badge can lead to a £1,000 fine.

For more information about the scheme and the changes visit www.directgov.uk

Or for information on how to apply, contact Doncaster Council’s adult contact team on 01302 737391.