Councils clamp down on blue badge abuse

Councils clamp down on blue badge abuse

The number of people convicted of blue badge fraud has doubled since 2010, according to new research.

The tally jumped from 330 to 686 last year, the Local Government Association's (LGA) report found.

Some of the offenders include professionals, including architects and lawyers. Offenders face fines of up to £1,000.

Blue badge abusers have been rumbled putting a deceased relative's pass on the dashboard. Others have left a disabled relative indoors while using their pass to park free of charge for work or shopping.

Over two million people with disabilities have blue badges across the country. This exempts them from having to pay in pay-and-display car parks. They can also go on yellow lines for a maximum three hours.

Hull, Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent are city councils which have made their first blue badge prosecutions recently.

Manchester's city local authority has made over 500 prosecutions over the last five years with a 100% success rate, the LGA said.

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