Anyone using the badge to park in a disabled space is not only being dishonest, but is depriving the space for another user who is genuinely disabled.
The call for tougher rules on those caught abusing the scheme are understandable, given the level of traffic management required to keep the traffic in a city like Glasgow flowing.
It is not easy to detect an abuse as the driver has to be present, so some people think it is worth taking the chance.
However if the penalty was to be higher and the offence criminal rather than motoring it could make potential abusers think twice before they park illegally in a disabled space.
The scheme is in existence because of the genuine need of disabled people to get around with as little hindrance as possible.
The badge is for the disabled person, not the car, and certainly not the driver if they are not the badge holder.
By abusing the system these people are showing a disregard for the needs of all disabled people, including those they are supposed to be helping.
Tougher penalties might just change that.