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New Blue Badge

by msecadm4921

Security document and identity product company Payne Security reports its part in delivering the new national Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS) for disabled parking on behalf of central government and councils.

After a competitive procurement exercise by a Department of Transport (DfT) panel, Northgate Public Services, working with Payne, has a five year contract. The aim is to help reduce the misuse of the disabled parking badge scheme in the UK. Payne will lead the badge design, print, supply and distribution of the new Blue Badge which will launch alongside Northgate’s secure web-based services.

The Blue Badge scheme is designed to offer a range of parking concessions for disabled people with severe mobility problems. The increasing issue of Blue Badge fraud is estimated to cost the public sector around £46 million a year. Northgate, in association with Payne Security, and together with central government and local authorities, aims to respond to the challenge of counterfeit blue badges entering the market, while improving customer service and efficiency. Due to go live in January 2012, the scheme will provide what’s described as a complete solution for the Blue Badge Service with a new, anti-fraud and anti-copy design and construction against forgery and fraudulent alternation.

Payne Security was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, is one of the world’s leading providers of document security solutions with access to complex print technologies and security materials which are combined to create high security ID cards. To comply with the new Blue Badge legislation, Payne Security’s redesign of the new badge will be made of fused plastic material and contain a combination of high level security elements such as holographic features, specialist security print and a digital photograph. The capital costs of the service are met through investment from Northgate and Payne Security. These will be recouped over the lifetime of the contract through a charge per badge to local authorities. Local authorities are also given the opportunity to opt for a fully managed Blue Badge Service operated by Northgate.

Simon Jarvis, Sales Director for Document and Identity Solutions at Payne Security says: “Payne Security is committed to developing tailored, innovative solutions that enable our customers to keep ahead of industry challenges such as document fraud. We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to work with Northgate as the supplier of choice for the national Blue Badge Improvement Service and believe it reflects our position as one of the leading suppliers of document security solutions.”

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