Call for Blue Badge change for over 85s
ALL over 85s could get a Blue Badge so they can park more easily under council plans.
Cheshire East council is pushing for a change in the law so everyone over the age of 85 can have a Blue Badge.
The badges allow drivers or passengers to park free on streets with restrictions and on yellow lines for up to three hours, unless a loading ban is in place. They are currently given to those with a disability or mobility problems.
But the council has written to Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, asking for changes so all residents over 85 qualify. Currently 4,202 out of Cheshire East’s 10,400 over-85s have a Blue Badge.
Coun Michael Jones, Cheshire East Council leader, said people with agoraphobia and mental health conditions should qualify too.
He said: “Removing the hassle of having to prove eligibility for a Blue Badge will help over-85s to lead more active lives.”
Last November, the council prosecuted a 73-year-old Macclesfield man who used a dead person’s Blue Badge to avoid paying parking fees. Call 0800 389 2787 to report anyone misusing a Blue Badge.