North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) Parking Services team recently carried out a joint operation with Hertfordshire County Council’s Shared Anti-Fraud Service to tackle the improper use of blue badges.
In one morning alone, Officers found that 40 percent of badges inspected in Hitchin were being misused. Blue Badges are given to disabled people to park close to their destination, allowing them to live independently and go about their daily lives more easily. Using a Blue Badge fraudulently is a crime that can carry a fine of up to £1,000 and confiscation of the badge.
The badge is for the sole use of the person named on it. It must only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger. The badge may not be used by other people to carry out an activity on behalf of the badge holder, such as shopping or collecting something for them, unless the badge holder is travelling with them.
Cllr David Levett, NHDC’s Executive Member for Planning, Enterprise and Transport, said: “We will not tolerate the fraudulent abuse of disabled Blue Badges. Misuse of a badge is extremely selfish and reduces the spaces available for those with a genuine need. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that disabled bays are being used by those who need them most.”
Residents that suspect someone of using a blue badge fraudulently can call anonymously on 0300 123 4033 or report it online at: