Council sees red as Blue Badge abuse reports increase
Those found to befraudulentlyusinga Blue Badge for easier parking across Buckinghamshire could face prosecution, finesof up to £1000 and possible withdrawal of the badge itself.
That’s the clear warning from Buckinghamshire County Council as it brings in new measures totackle the rising number of reports of suspectedabuse of the Blue Badge scheme.
Designed specifically to improve access for those with very restricted mobility,thenational scheme has becomeopen tovarious types of abuse by bothbadge holders themselves and others, including friends,family and colleagues.
Examples of common misuse includeusinga badge issued to a person who has since died, or badgesthat areno longer valid or reported asbeinglost or stolen. Other examples include lettinga friend or relative use the badge or using a fake or copied badge. Cases can also be brought against anyonemaking a fraudulentapplication for a blue badge.
County CouncilCabinet Member for Resources, John Chilver said that it was abhorrent to think that people would actually abuse a system designed to help disabled people get on with their lives.
“It’s shockingthatpeople stoop to this level,” he said. “But reports are increasing and it’s time for us to clamp down on this clear and blatant fraud to safeguard genuine Blue Badge holders.
“My advice to anyone whoknows they are misusing a badge is to stop doing it now before they are caught. We will be carrying out more checks than ever before, so I make no apology when I say people have been warned.”
For details about Blue Badges, a full set of questions and answers and how to report possiblemisuse, visit https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/blue-badge/