Hike in cost of permits for disabled parking will go ahead

Disabled badge sign.
Disabled badge sign.

Plans to increase the cost of disabled parking badges have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

At a meeting of Northants County Council’s cabinet today. Tuesday, councillors were asked to vote on whether to start charging a £10 fee for new three-year permits, or to continue charging £2.

The increase has meant a 400 per cent hike in the cost of blue badges.

Under plans to alter the way the disabled parking scheme is managed, the Government has said local councils can charge up to £10 for new badges which are harder to forge than those issued under the current scheme.

It is believed that 41 per cent of councils across the country have decided not to charge the maximum fee.

The council worked out that each blue badge will cost around £14 to issue - £4.60 for the production of the actual badge and an additional cost for administration and enforcement of the parking scheme.