Caught blue-handed: enforcement teams round up disabled badge abusers
8 March 2019
Three Blue Badge abusers were caught within half a mile of each other by a team of Brent Council Civil Enforcement Officers on Thursday (7th). Each of the drivers was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice and one vehicle was impounded.
Blue Badges allow people with disabilities to park closer to their destination, making it easier for those with mobility issues to get around.
This latest enforcement day on Willesden High Road and Walm Lane is part of a drive to crack down on those who are fraudulently using Blue Badges that don't belong to them. Of the 8,500 Blue Badges held in Brent, 166 were reported lost or stolen last year (DfE data, 2017/18).
Blue Badge fraud can lead to a criminal prosecution and a substantial fine. In 2018, Mr Abbas Al-Hayawi was taken to court by Brent Council, fined £660 and ordered to pay costs of £572 after admitting to using a Blue Badge that wasn't his.
Cllr Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety, said: "I hope this sends a signal to anyone who misuses a Blue Badge. We will find you out and you will be prosecuted.
"These Badges are a lifeline for those who genuinely need them to access their local community and it is wrong that fraudsters are taking advantage."
Drivers can be prosecuted for using a Blue Badge if:
- The Badge is used without the disabled holder being present
The Badge has been stolen
The Badge is forged or counterfeit
Family or friends continue to use a Badge following the holder's death
For more information on the Blue Badge scheme, please visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/bluebadge
To report Blue Badge misuse, please visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/firmstep/forms/report-fraud/