Last month, council officers from the Audit and Investigations team joined forces with parking enforcement officers and the Police in an operation to clampdown on Blue Badge fraud in the borough.
During the joint operation, which took place in Wembley, six Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued against vehicles for illegally displaying a Blue Badge in some way and a further 12 PCNs were issued for other parking offences. Officers also seized four badges for further investigation and arranged for one vehicle to be impounded on suspicion of displaying stolen or counterfeit badges.
Many disabled people rely on their Blue Badge to help them live independently, take part in the local community and contribute to their local economy. Every time a Blue Badge is used by someone who it does not belong to, that parking space is taken away from a disabled person who genuinely needs it.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Environment, commented:
“We’re committed to making Brent an open and accessible borough for everyone and the Blue Badge Scheme is an essential part of how we will deliver that.
“Officers are trained to spot fakes and alterations, and we will relentlessly pursue those suspected of misusing badges. This successful operation should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can misuse a Blue Badge in our borough – we will not tolerate this in Brent.”
Brent Council is planning further crackdowns on Blue Badge Fraud this year.