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Central Bedfordshire Council acts against Blue Badge fraud

Monday, 23 October 2023

A recent crackdown on fraudulent use of Blue Badge disabled parking has resulted in two drivers facing potential legal action.

Our officers conducted inspections of Blue Badge permits in all council-run car parks earlier this week (October 18).

During the spot-checks in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Flitwick and other areas in Central Bedfordshire, officers examined 83 Blue Badges and discovered two instances where the badge holder wasn’t present. There was also one vehicle found parked in a disabled parking space without a Blue Badge on display and were issued with a parking charge notice.

Blue Badges grant disabled individuals the privilege of parking in designated disabled bays, a crucial support system for their independence. These reserved spaces make daily living easier by providing priority parking, closer to their destinations.

Councillor John Baker, our Executive Member for Finance, said:

Residents have told us that they view parking enforcement as a key priority for this council, and the new Independent administration is determined to respond accordingly.

If you suspect someone illegally uses a Blue Badge, you can report it by calling 0300 300 8035 or emailing car.badges@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.