Blue badge fraudsters beware; there is no place for this selfish crime in Brent.
Last week, 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.
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.
During the joint operation, which took place on roads surrounding Willesden Green Station, seven Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued against vehicles for illegally displaying a Blue Badge in some way. Officers also seized four badges for further investigation, and arranged for another two vehicles to be impounded on suspicion of displaying stolen or counterfeit badges.
Cllr Arshad Mahmood was in Willesden on Friday and saw the operation in action. He said:
"I was pleased to see so many Brent officers taking this action to make sure that Blue Badges are not used illegally, because it deprives the legitimate badge holders the space they so desperately need."
In July, 45 year old Sahra Elmi Yusuf received a hefty fine and was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for using a stolen Blue Badge on three separate occasions in the borough.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Environment, added:
"This successful operation should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can use a blue badge which is not rightfully theirs.
"We are determined to do everything we can to protect the quality of life for our disabled and vulnerable residents, and will continue to clampdown on and, where evidence permits, prosecute those caught abusing the Blue Badge scheme."