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Spot checks on Blue Badge holders across Bedfordshire

Enforcement day checks Credit: Central Bedfordshire Council

More checks have been carried out to make sure blue badge permits for disabled parking are being used correctly across Central Bedfordshire.

In one day last week the Council made checks on 124 badges, nine of those were being used without the badge holder present.

The council says if they're being misused, they will prosecute.

Spot checks on blue badge holders in Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Anyone who illegally parks in spaces reserved for a Blue Badge holder is unnecessarily and selfishly taking a space away from people with mobility problems and other disabilities who genuinely need the space. Blue badges are issued to the people in our communities who need them the most. They allow a disabled person to park closer to their home or destination, and so must only be used by another person if the badge holder is present and being dropped off or collected.

– Cllr Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader, Central Bedfordshire Council
Central Bedfordshire Council says, Credit: ITV News Anglia

It comes as a Dunstable woman has this week been convicted of wrongful use of a disabled badge.

The woman was in a disabled parking bay for blue badge holders in Ashton Square Car Park in Dunstable.

Officers were carrying out spot checks in November 2017 and approached the woman to check her badge details. She admitted the badge was in her partner's name and that she had dropped him off elsewhere while she did some shopping and was to collect him from another location.

She pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £20 and now has a criminal record.

The council says if you suspect anyone is illegally using a blue badge, call 0300 300 8035