Blue Badge parking permit holders are being urged to check their badges’ expiry dates and, if these are approaching or already expired, apply for a renewal as soon as possible.
Blue Badges enable disabled people with visible and non-visible ('hidden') disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination.
Following the start of the COVID-19 crisis and Government advice, the county council advised permit holders of a relaxation to the rules: that district and borough councils in West Sussex should not issue penalty charges for using badges with an expiry date from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.
This relaxation will end on 30 September 2020 and anyone using an out-of-date badge after this date may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or other enforcement action.
A spokesperson for the Blue Badge scheme said: “Anyone who has not already renewed their badge is urged to do so as soon as possible to allow time to process the application.
Please go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/bluebadge for information on how to apply. As we have limited capacity for dealing with post, we would be grateful if applicants apply online, if they can. However, if this is not an option, those renewing are advised to get in touch by calling 01243 777653