The current design is easily copied and forged. Many local authorities and disabled people have reported incidences of fraudulent copies being used.
Production of the badge is time consuming for local authorities. Local authorities currently have to personalise the badge themselves by handwriting the details and cutting and gluing the holders signature and photograph onto the badge. This leads to inconsistencies and details can easily be changed.
There are potential security issues with the storage and distribution of badges, with some local authorities reporting missing stock. Changes will remove the need for local authorities to order stock and store blank badges.
Local authorities have said that the standardisation of information on the badge will help enforcement.