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We're clamping down on Blue Badge parking fraud

30 November 2018

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Our recent crackdown on Blue Badge disabled parking fraud means that eight unscrupulous drivers are facing possible court action.

We undertook a two-day exercise earlier this week (28 and 29 November) to ensure that disabled parking permits are valid and being correctly used across the region.

During the spot-checks, our officers examined 211 Blue Badges. Out of these, they discovered eight instances where the badge holder wasn’t present, which we'll be investigating further. The previous Blue Badge spot-checks earlier this year led to nine successful prosecutions, with fines adding up to over £5000.

Councillor Richard Wenham, our Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources said: "Blue Badges are meant to help people who are disabled or who have mobility problems. Fraudulent use of them disadvantages vulnerable people who genuinely need a convenient allocated parking space for their daily life.

"The rules around Blue Badge use are very clear, and we have a zero-tolerance approach to illegal parking in disabled bays. If we catch people using them fraudulently, then we will act. We will be pursuing the cases discovered this week where the disabled badge holder wasn’t present on the journey."

If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge for parking, you can report them to the council by calling 0300 300 8035 or by emailing car.badges@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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