Views sought over disabled parking charges

New Forest District Council is seeking public opinion on whether charges should be introduced for Blue Badge holders to park in council car parks.

Currently, the 10,200 badge holders in the New Forest have exclusive use of the disabled bays and do not have to pay to park, which costs the council in excess of £40,000 a year.

The council is reviewing the existing arrangements because it believes that, where reasonable, all motorists should pay to park as the income helps maintain the car parks and provides other services.

It also feels that charging Blue Badge holders to park may reduce the incentive for badges to be used fraudulently.

For further details and to complete the consultation questionnaire please see the link below

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