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Changes to Blue Badge Parking from January 4, 2016

Blue badge holders in Craven are being reminded of changes to parking regulations which are being introduced on January 4, 2016.

Blue badge holders have previously been allowed to park for three hours without charge, provided they parked in designated blue badge parking spaces.

From January 4, blue badge holders will have to pay for a ticket on arrival, which will then allow for an additional hour on top of the usual time, and an extra 30 minutes in pop-and-shop spaces.

Paul Ellis, director of services at Craven District Council, said: "The council first agreed to introduce charges to blue badge parking on the council's pay & display car parks back in 2011. Consequently, since April 2012, blue badge holders have only been provided with free parking for a maximum of three hours when parking in a designated blue badge parking space.  If parking in a standard bay blue badge holders were required to pay the standard charges.

"This appeared to cause some confusion with a number of blue badge holders receiving excess charge notices, having misunderstood the new regulations.

"The changes being introduced from January 4th 2016 should remove the confusion that blue badge holders appear to be experiencing at the council's car parks. This will eliminate any feeling of unfairness that may be felt by blue badge holders when some are able to park for free and others are not.

"We have introduced a reasonable scale of charges and additional free time, following extensive consultation, in order to take into account the needs of those with disabilities."

Blue badge holders will still be entitled to park on-street on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading.

They can also park for free and for as long as they need to at on-street parking meters and on-street pay and display machines, unless there is a traffic sign specifying a time limit for holders of blue badges.

Other changes coming into force in Craven on January 4 include a more robust enforcement of parking at Skipton Bus Station, where no unauthorised vehicles will be allowed to park.