Rise in blue badge cheats

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

PROSE­CU­TIONS of mo­torists for mis­us­ing dis­abil­ity park­ing per­mits have risen by nearly a fifth in the past year, new fig­ures show.

The Depart­ment for Trans­port said there were 1,432 Blue Badge prose­cu­tions in Eng­land in the year end­ing March 31, up 18 per cent on the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Nearly all of the cases in­volved some­one us­ing another per­son’s badge.

Just 66pc of Eng­land’s lo­cal au­thor­i­ties say they have a pol­icy for prose­cut­ing over mis­use of the scheme.

AA pres­i­dent Ed­mund King said: “The one-fifth in­crease in fraud­u­lent Blue Badge prose­cu­tions from last year shows that more ar­eas are fi­nally start­ing to tackle the is­sue.

“How­ever, it’s shock­ing that only two-thirds of coun­cils have a pol­icy to pros­e­cute those who abuse the sys­tem by us­ing another per­son’s badge.”

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