Blue Badge misuse campaign is recognised by Disabled Motoring UK

Published Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Shared Parking Service (London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley) has been presented with a prestigious Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) award for their work to stop Blue Badge misuse.

DMUK awarded the shared service with a Local Authority Enforcement Award in recognition of enforcement processes and innovative measures introduced to protect the Blue Badge scheme for genuine users.

The campaign aims to restore public confidence in the scheme. The measures introduced include warning signs on-street and in car parks, daily badge checks, communicating with all badge holders directly to update them on the campaign and remind them of the scheme rules and providing drivers with the means to report misuse and give feedback after an inspection.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “We take Blue Badge misuse very seriously indeed and we are tremendously proud to receive this award for our work on safeguarding the scheme locally. Our routine daily on-street Blue Badge checks which help to ensure that badges are used only for the benefit of badge holders have been welcomed by many genuine scheme users.”

Councillor Lymer added: “Of course, our work out on-street is only part of our endeavours to protect the scheme. By engaging with the badge holders and raising awareness through as many channels as we possibly can, we have been able to emphasise the importance of being familiar with the scheme rules and alert badge holders and relatives/carers to the serious consequences that result from misuse”.

Councillor Peter Craske, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Places, said: “It is a great honour to receive this award for work which we consider to be right and necessary. We simply will not allow Blue Badge scheme abuse to continue in Bexley and by being thorough in the execution of our processes and procedures, we are managing to take control of the situation.”

Councillor Craske added: “The integrity of the Blue Badge scheme was once in doubt, but by working hard to stamp out misuse and setting a good example to other Local Authorities, I think we are leading in changing the perception of the scheme for the better.”

Disabled Motoring Chief Executive, Graham Footer, commented: “The Blue Badge scheme was designed to allow disabled motorists to access the goods and service they need by giving them a suitable place to park. However if the disabled bays at any particular destination are occupied by non-disabled people misusing the scheme then disabled people are often forced to return home without achieving what they set out to do. This is why effective Blue Badge enforcement is so vital. DMUK was extremely impressed by the way Bromley and Bexley worked together to tackle Blue Badge abuse and we hope that other local authorities will take note and follow their lead”.

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:

Bromley: www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge

Bexley: www.bexley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge

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