Stamping out Blue Badge misuse
Published Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Enforcement action is being intensified in on-street parking locations and council operated car parks throughout Bromley to put a stop to Blue Badge misuse.
Relatives and friends are being warned in a new campaign that if they are caught misusing a Blue Badge, even to run an errand on behalf of the badge holder, their actions could lead to a criminal conviction.
“A small minority of Blue Badge holders are undermining the credibility of the Blue Badge scheme. It is not acceptable for the badge to be borrowed by family members to make shopping trips easier for instance. The badge holder must be present and if this is not the case, the motorist is at risk of being prosecuted. Likewise, do not be tempted to use a badge of someone who has died, not even once” said Councillor Lydia Buttinger, Executive Assistant for Environment.
Councillor Buttinger continued “We are taking this action to make sure that parking bays are available for badge holders who need them and to make sure that the credibility of the scheme remains, so that it is also supported by all motorists.”
Only disabled persons are entitled to make use of the parking concessions provided under the Blue Badge scheme. Motorists and badge holders are being strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the scheme’s rules and to check potential local rules if parking in another borough. The badge, for instance, should only be displayed when the disabled person is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or to park nearby to pick up or drop off a disabled person.
Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. A Blue Badge is the property of the issuing authority and should be returned to that authority when expired, or no longer required.
Anyone who has information or concerns about Blue Badge misuse can report it online at: www.bromley.gov.uk/report or call in confidence on 020 8313 4800. For further information, visit: www.bromley.gov.uk/parking.
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