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Enforcement efforts combat blue badge misuse in Central Bedfordshire

Monday, 22 April 2024

Our recent enforcement measures targeting fraudulent use of Blue Badge disabled parking permits have put three drivers at risk of potential court action.

Blue Badges grant disabled individuals the opportunity to park in designated disabled bays, essential for supporting their independence and daily routines. These specially designated spots offer priority parking, ensuring easier access to their destinations.

On 17 April 2024, our officers conducted inspections of Blue Badges permits in a number of our car parks and roads with double yellow lines in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Potton, Biggleswade and Sandy.

During the spot-checks, officers examined 114 Blue Badges. Among them, three instances surfaced where the badge owner was absent, prompting the launch of further investigations.

Additionally, six vehicles were discovered parked in disabled parking spaces without displaying a Blue Badge and were subsequently issued Penalty Charge Notices.

Councillor John Baker, Executive Member for Finance, emphasised:

Residents wish to see effective parking enforcement, and we will continue to ensure blue badges are not abused. The message is clear: if you are caught mis-using a blue badge, the council will issue a parking charge and pursue the matter in court if necessary.

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