For two years DGVoice ran a campaign against Dumfries and Galloway Council plans to charge disabled people for Blue Badges. DGVoice saw this policy as both unfair and discriminatory, as only disabled people would be charged for parking in Dumfries and Galloway.

DGVoice ran a press and media campaign, lobbied councillors, wrote to council officers, MP’s, MSP’s and opinion formers throughout the community.  The campaign was hard fought, sometimes acrimonious, and ended with a Council decision, taken at a full meeting of the council, not to implement the charge.

Although DGVoice had campaigned against council policy, it had worked with the council on many other matters, and through the campaign had made many firm and constructive contacts.   DGVoice resolved to ensure that a positive initiative giving a voice to the transport needs of disabled people in Dumfries and Galloway developed from the Blue Badge Campaign.   And so the Disabled Transport Consultative Group (DisTrans) was born.

Initially DGVoice concentrated on Disabled Parking but almost immediately realised that there was a  need for a Disabled Consultative Group covering all aspects of transport, particularly Parking, Road Safety and Transport Planning.

DisTrans held its inaugural meeting on 19th May, 2011.   Present were representatives of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Dumfries and Galloway Police.  DGVoice.   The NHS, the Access Panel and the Area Transport Forum are also members of DisTrans.

A second meeting has been held on 30th June, 2011 when  D&G Local Transport Strategy and Blue Badge Parking were among the matters discussed.   Work to improve parking for Blue Badge Holders at DGRI and at NHS establishments across Dumfries and Galloway was highlighted.

The DisTrans remit is – ‘To be a stakeholder consultative group for transport and road safety in Dumfries and Galloway and operate as a conduit for representation and consultation between disabled people and policy makers.’

Visit our Website at for further details.  There you can read the agendas and minutes of all DisTrans Meetings.


Robert Allan

Policy Officer



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