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Misuse of blue badge could lead to a criminal conviction, warns council

PUBLISHED: 14:04 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 21 March 2016

Indigo's Civil Enforcement Officer (left) and councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment (right)

Indigo's Civil Enforcement Officer (left) and councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment (right)

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Motorists can face a £1,000 fine if caught misusing the disabled badge

Bromley council has stepped up its enforcement action against blue badge misuse in the borough.

Friends and family are being warned misuse of a blue badge, even if they’re running an errand on behalf of the badge holder, could lead to a criminal conviction.

Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment, said: “A small minority of blue badge holders and undermining the credibility of the blue badge scheme.

“It is not acceptable for the badge to be borrowed by family members to make shopping trips easier, for instance.

“The badge holder must be present. Likewise do not be tempted to use a badge of someone who has dies, not even once.”

Blue badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. A blue badge is the property of the issuing authority and should be returned to that authority when expired, or no longer required.

Anyone who has information or concerns about blue badge misuse can report it online at: www.bromley.gov.uk/report or call in confidence on 020 8313 4800. For further information, visit: www.bromley.gov.uk/parking.

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