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The Orange Badge scheme was bought into effect in 1971. The Blue Badge scheme replaced the Orange Badge scheme in 2000. Orange badges are being renewed by European style Blue badges as they come up for renewal and Orange badges remain valid until 31 March 2003.
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers. The Scheme also applies to registered blind people, and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. It allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking. This allows badge holders to park their vehicle, without penalty, at locations with limited waiting restrictions and to use parking spaces specially dedicated to disabled people.
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