Barking and Dagenham Council clampdown on fraudulent blue badge use and seize permits

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 May 2018

The council is clamping down on blue badge misuse. Picture: PA

The council is clamping down on blue badge misuse. Picture: PA

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Fraudulent blue badge use is being clamped down on by Barking and Dagenham Council, with several badges being seized last week.

Last week undercover operations led to six stolen, cancelled or misused badges being seized.

Four of those that were stolen were being used by family members without the holder being present.

Another of the badges was from the Polish version of the scheme and was also not being used by the badge holder.

Blue badges are issued based on medical needs and allow holders to park without charge for an unlimited amount of time in places including disabled parking bays.

Cllr Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “Blue badge misuse takes parking spaces away from the people who need them the most.

“It is unacceptable and unfair, and as a council we are doing our best and working with our partners to clamp down on this practice.

“Anyone misusing a blue badge should be warned - we will catch you and seize your permit.”

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