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Drivers abuse blue badge scheme in Norfolk

Drivers abuse blue badge scheme in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
9:26am 13th December 2019.

Drivers in Norfolk were hauled to court seven times last year for allegedly abusing the Blue Badge parking scheme. 

All of them were targeted at non-badge holders using someone else’s pass.

Blue Badges are issued by councils to people with disabilities and allow them to park closer to their destination.

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The AA says an increase in prosecutions across England shows that more areas are starting to tackle Blue Badge fraud, but says that just two-thirds of councils having a policy for dealing with the misdemeanour is "shocking".

Across England, drivers abusing the system were prosecuted on 1,432 occasions in 2018-19, an 18% increase on the year before.

Of those, 99% were against non-badge holders.

However, a third of councils said they did not have a policy for prosecuting Blue Badge abuse.

The AA says the increase in prosecutions shows that more areas are “finally starting to tackle the issue”, but criticised councils without policies on the issue.

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Edmund King, the motoring association’s president, added: 

“Councils without a policy must get their act together for the sake of the millions of Blue Badge holders who genuinely need them.

Drivers must also show some more humanity and stop abusing the system.”

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said people could help their council win the fight against Blue Badge fraud by tipping off the local authority about suspected misuse.

But he added that members of the public should bear in mind that “people’s need for a badge might not be obvious”.

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While the number of people across the country who are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge has risen gradually since 2014, the proportion of those who have one has dropped.

In Norfolk, 48% of the 33,500 people who automatically qualified had one at the end of March.

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