Stark warn­ing on Blue Badge fraud

Crack­down on mis­use of dis­abled park­ing scheme

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That’s the clear warn­ing from Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil as it brings in new mea­sures to tackle the ris­ing num­ber of re­ports of sus­pected abuse of the Blue Badge scheme.

De­signed specif­i­cally to im­prove ac­cess for those with very re­stricted mo­bil­ity, the na­tional scheme has be­come open to var­i­ous types of abuse by both badge hold­ers them­selves and oth­ers, in­clud­ing friends, fam­ily and col­leagues.

Ex­am­ples of com­mon mis­use in­clude us­ing a badge is­sued to a per­son who has since died, or badges that are no longer valid or re­ported as be­ing lost or stolen. Other ex­am­ples in­clude let­ting a friend or rel­a­tive use the badge or us­ing a fake or copied badge. Cases can also be brought against any­one mak­ing a fraud­u­lent ap­pli­ca­tion for a blue badge.

County Coun­cil Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Re­sources, John Chil­ver said that it was ab­hor­rent to think that peo­ple would ac­tu­ally abuse a sys­tem de- signed to help dis­abled peo­ple get on with their lives.

“It’s shock­ing that peo­ple 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 who knows 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 pos­si­ble mis­use, visit­vices/trans­port-and-roads/blue-badge

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