1. ITV Report

Crackdown on blue badge parking fraud

Parking attendants in Basingstoke and Deane are being given new powers as part of a crackdown on drivers using disabled blue badges when they aren’t entitled to.

Drivers already risk landing a parking fine for using a blue badge when it has expired, isn’t theirs or has been altered.

But now Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s parking enforcement team will be able to hold onto any blue badges that they suspect are being used fraudulently.

disabled badges misused

The new legislation also makes it an offence for motorists to refuse to hand over their blue badge for inspection when asked.

Misuse of a blue badge includes:

  • Being used by someone other than the named person
  • Using an expired or altered badge
  • Using a badge which has been previously reported as lost or stolen
  • Using a copied or counterfeit badge
  • Using the badge of someone who has died
  • Using a cancelled badge
  • Refusing to hand over a badge for inspection
20% of disabled blue badges in circulation are misused Credit: ITV News

“Residents with disabilities rely on blue badges to provide essential access to the places they need to go and drivers who are misusing or abusing the system are taking spaces away from those who genuinely need them.

“By giving our parking attendants the power keep the badges used by people fraudulently we can crackdown on people using them when they shouldn’t and ensure that people with disabilities can get to and enjoy everything the borough has to offer.”

– Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Service Delivery and Improvement Cllr Robert Tate