Blue Badge misuse – if you see it, report it, so we can sort it!
Published Thursday, 18 January 2018
Over 9,000 of the Borough’s Blue Badge holders have been contacted about the rules of the scheme as part of a campaign to prevent Blue Badges being misused.The letter, e-mail or text communication also encourages Badge holders to report misuse too. Although Blue Badge holders receive an explanatory booklet with their badge, which clearly explains the badge is for the holder only, analysis of prosecutions reveal that relatives and friends of Blue Badge holders are being prosecuted for abusing the scheme, using the badge when the badge holder is not present.
The reminder about the Blue Badge scheme’s rules and regulations, also gave an opportunity to suggest additional measures the council could take to protect the integrity of the scheme.
“We are grateful for Blue Badge holders’ support and we have been making contact to help them understand exactly how the scheme works to try and to warn Badge Holders not to allow relatives or friends to take advantage of their Blue Badge. If you come across an example of suspected misuse, please let us know and report it. Not only will we prosecute if we can but by stopping abuse, genuine badge holder have better parking options, thereby helping them remain independent” said Councillor Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment.
Councillor Huntington-Thresher added “I would like to reassure you that If you suspect a Blue Badge is being misused or you see something which concerns you while you’re out and about, you shouldn’t be afraid to report it. You do not have to leave your details and your report will remain strictly confidential.”
Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. Anyone who suspects that a blue badge is being used for the benefit of a person who is not the badge holder can report their concerns at: www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge.
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