DISABLED people are being urged to remember that applying for a blue parking badge is free.

The British Parking Association is concerned that some websites are charging around £50 to process applications.

The Blue Badge is available to qualifying disabled people to allow them free or low-cost parking and sometimes access to services and facilities. Blue Badges can be applied for through a local authority or the websites and the process is completely free of charge.

If eligible, Blue Badges cost a maximum of £10.

Kelvin Reynolds, director of policy and public affairs, said: “It is absolutely right that people with mobility difficulties have access to a scheme of parking concessions.

“The BPA works closely with all UK Governments and Disabled Motoring UK to allow genuine Blue Badge holders an improved service and provide local authorities the means to more effectively manage and enforce the scheme.

“People should apply for their Blue Badge through official channels or contact their own local authority directly.

“Abuse, misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badges Scheme should become a thing of the past.”