Bromley Council campaigns against Blue Badge misuse
PUBLISHED: 12:09 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 19 January 2018
Over 9,000 of Bromley's Blue Badge holders have been contacted to be reminded of the rules of the scheme.
It is hoped that this campaign, which also clarifies where and how the badge can be used for parking, will help to prevent the badges from being misused.
Blue Badges allow those with disabilities to park closer to their destinations, either as a passenger of a driver.
Although badge holders receive an explanatory booklet with their badge, which clearly explains that the badge is for the holder only, analysis of prosecutions reveal that relatives and friends of Blue Badge holders are being prosecuted for abusing the scheme, using the badge when the badge holder is not present.
The letter, email or text communication also encourages badge holders to report any misuse they may come across.
The campaign by the council provided an opportunity to suggest additional measures that could be taken to protect the integrity of the scheme.
Executive Councillor for Environment, Cllr Huntington-Thresher, said: “We are grateful for Blue Badge holders’ support and we have been making contact to help them understand exactly how the scheme works to try to warn Badge Holders not to allow relatives or friends to take advantage of their Blue Badge.
“If you come across an example of suspected misuse, please let us know and report it.
“Not only will we prosecute if we can but by stopping abuse, genuine badge holders have better parking options, thereby helping them remain independent.”
Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.
Mr Huntington-Thresher added “I would like to reassure you that If you suspect a Blue Badge is being misused or you see something which concerns you while you’re out and about, you shouldn’t be afraid to report it.
“You do not have to leave your details and your report will remain strictly confidential.”
Anyone who suspects that a blue badge is being used for the benefit of a person who is not the badge holder can report their concerns at www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge.