A new law comes into force from end of September 2006 giving various officials the right to inspect blue badges.
September 14, 2006~Championing the cause of disabled badge holders across the UK since 1991~
The Blue Badge Network
Registered Charity 1018535 Head Office: 198 Wolverhampton StreetDudleyDY1 1DZ Tel/Fax 01384-257001
The Blue Badge Scheme and the power to inspect Blue Badges being displayed on motor vehicles
The long-awaited date for inspection of the Blue Badge to become legal has been announced to be 29th September.
Whenever you display your Blue Badge on a vehicle, it can now be inspected. The people who are allowed to inspect your badge are police officers, traffic wardens and people working for the local authority who check that vehicles are parked properly (such as parking attendants and civil enforcement officers.) These people will be able to produce a photographic identity card or warrant card if requested to prove that they are authorised officers. If any of these people ask to see your Blue Badge, you should hand your Badge to them so that they can examine it and make notes from it. If you do not, you will be breaking the law.
Guidance for Blue Badge holders is now published by the Department for Transport in booklet form, but will only be sent to you as and when your Blue Badge is renewed by your local council over the next three years.
The booklet is available from Blue Badge Network Head Office, 198 Wolverhampton Street, DudleyDY1 1DZ (an SAE would be appreciated.)