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Manchester council to charge disabled drivers for parking permits 

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The council will imposed a £10 charge for disabled drivers’ “blue badge” parking permits, the first time a fee has been imposed for 30 years. The charge will raise £74,000 per year for the £2 million cost of the service

Manchester has around 7,409 applications every year for blue badges, which have to be renewed every three years.

They allow disabled motorists to park for up to three hours on single or double-yellow lines, for free and without time limit in pay-and-display bays, and in special disabled parking spaces throughout the city.

Until now, councils have been able to produce them at a cost of 52p and charge up to £2 for the service. Manchester had chosen not to implement the fee.

Ministers are changing the system so to badges must be supplied and distributed by an external company, chosen by the Department for Transport, at a cost of £4.60 to local authorities.

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