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People using someone else's Blue Badge 'a daily occurrence', says disabled resident

Call for age signifiers to be included on permit

A disabled Manx resident says he believes there are a number of people on the Island who use someone else's Blue Badge permit to park in disabled bays when they shouldn't:

That's Eric Corkish, who says it happens on a daily basis.

Permits issued on the Isle of Man don't show the holder's age.

Eric says if they did, it would be easier to catch those misusing the system:

In response, Manx Care says: 'Applicants need to fit one of two criteria to qualify for a blue badge:

a)       They are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty walking due to a permanent or substantial difficulty;

b)      They have a severe congenital disability in both arms and drive a vehicle regularly.

The age bracket is 5 years or over – parents/carers can apply on behalf of a child.  

It should be noted that the blue badge has the applicant’s picture, name, signature and the badge’s serial number and expiry date. There are no age signifiers on the card.'

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