Trading Standards are would like to bring the public’s attention to websites offering Blue Badge parking applications online, and charging a fee of £49.
The websites are not affiliated or associated with any local council, or any other official body or organisation.
It is not obvious from entering the websites that they are not official, or that an application fee is charged. However, the information is contained in the terms and conditions, and it is recommended that these are looked at before deciding whether to use the sites.
It is possible to apply for a Blue Badge online through the official website https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge or via Hampshire County Council’s website http://www3.hants.gov.uk/bluebadge/treasurers-bluebadgeapply.htm
There is a fee of £10 per application, but no other charges.
Hampshire residents wishing to find out more information on how to apply for a Blue Badge, or to download an application form, can visit the Hampshire County Council’s website Blue Badge, telephone 0300 555 1376 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to make a complaint against an unofficial Blue Badge website or to receive advice, should contact Trading Standards via our partners Citizens Advice Consumer Service 03454 04 05 06.