The Blue Badge fraudsters have been served a dose of justice, during a Brent Council operation to stamp out this selfish crime.
Yesterday (25 January), 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. Enviro-Crime and Private Housing Enforcement teams were also on hand, alongside Brent’s Anti-social Behaviour and Crime team, to tackle wider issues in the area.
During the joint operation, which took place on High Street Harlesden and surrounding roads in Harlesden, six Penalty Charges Notices (PCNs) were issued against vehicles for illegally displaying a Blue Badge in some way. Officers also seized three badges for further investigation and arranged for two vehicles to be impounded on suspicion of displaying stolen or counterfeit badges.
Cllr Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member responsible for parking, praised the joint operation and commented:
“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 to park.
“This successful operation should serve as a warning to anyone in Brent who thinks they can wrongfully use a Blue Badge and get away with it. We will always do everything we can to protect the quality of life for our disabled residents, and will continue to take action against those found abusing the system and committing this fraud.”
During the joint operation, officers also issued five Fixed Penalty Notices for littering and Police confiscated a knife, which was later taken in as evidence. Housing enforcement officers also successfully identified number of unlicensed properties, where the landlord was operating illegally.
Brent Council is planning a number of further crackdowns on Blue Badge fraud this year.