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Luton holds Blue Badge amnesty in disabled parking fraud crackdown

A disabled parking sign. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Blue Badge amnesty is being held in Luton throughout June to help cut down on disabled parking fraud.

It is part of a crackdown on misuse of the scheme, which is designed to help disabled drivers park nearer to where they are going.

Anyone who has a Blue Badge which they're not entitled to can hand it into the council without fear of further action being taken.

  • In 2017 - £46m of public money was lost to Blue Badge fraud in the UK
  • Thefts of Blue Badges from cars is on the increase

Cllr Paul Castleman, Portfolio Holder for planning and transport, said: "When it comes to Blue Badge misuse there is no such thing as a victimless crime.

"Whether taking a space needed by a less mobile individual or reducing the amount of money available to vital services, this is a crime against all of us.

"In Luton we are working hard to provide a community that respects each individual, which is why we will not hesitate to take action caught behaving in this despicable way."

A Blue Badge on display in a car window. Credit: ITV News Anglia

BLUE BADGE RULES:

  • Badges should only be displayed when parking if the badge holder is present either as the driver or as a passenger.
  • It is the badge holder's responsibility to ensure no other person uses the badge when the badge holder is not present.

To return any stolen, expired, no longer needed badges, or a badge that belongs to someone else, anonymously you can return these to the council office: Luton Council, Blue Badge Amnesty, Town Hall, Luton, LU1 2BQ.

Any badges returned voluntarily as part of the amnesty in June will be securely destroyed and no further action taken.

There's been a rise in Blue Badge thefts. Credit: ITV News Anglia