Drivers misusing disabled parking permits left feeling blue

A proactive operation undertaken by Hertfordshire County Council’s Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) alongside partners from Oxfordshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Council has resulted in the seizure of 20 blue badge parking permits.

Following a warning from local police in the area that blue badge theft is on the rise, SAFS officers worked with police and civil enforcement officers between 11 and 21 June to patrol various locations across the counties.

In Hertfordshire, 76 blue badges were inspected and 6 of those were seized across Broxbourne, Stevenage, Welwyn Hatfield, East Herts, North Herts and Hertsmere. Four of those seized were out of date and two were being used by someone other than the named registered user. A further 5 will now be subject to further enquiries due to one being identified as stolen, two being used by a non-registered user and two being used while out of date.

The officers on patrol also issued leaflets to members of the public to raise awareness of the correct ways to use and display a blue badge along with additional safety information to prevent genuine users becoming victims of blue badge theft.

Since the start of 2022, the Shared Anti-Fraud Service has received 421 referrals of suspected blue badge fraud, leading to 130 warning letters being sent to permit holders and five individuals being prosecuted under the road traffic act and fined.

Head of Hertfordshire County Council’s Shared Anti-Fraud Service, Nick Jennings, said:

“Blue badge parking permits are a lifeline to many suffering with long term health or mobility problems, but as is so often the case, the system we have in place is abused by those with no right to use the permits.

“By gathering intelligence, working with partners, and undertaking proactive operations like the one that has just come to its conclusion, we are sending a very clear message – if you are misusing a blue badge, or worse, using a blue badge when you have no right to do so we will take action.”

If you suspect that someone is misusing a blue badge permit, please contact Hertfordshire County Council’s Shared Anti-Fraud Service in confidence.

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Published: 1st July 2024