Blue Badge Offences Up

Research published this week reveals that councils issued 175,000 Blue Badge penalty notices to motorists last year, with Milton Keynes named the worst offending location outside London.

The research collected and analysed Freedom of Information requests to councils around the UK, revealing the areas with the highest number of Blue Badge offences.

A Blue Badge offence includes the use of an invalid badge, the use of a badge by an unauthorised person, the use of a lost or stolen badge and parking in a Disabled space without clearly displaying a Blue Badge.

Disability Rights UK Head of Policy Fazilet Hadi said: “Motorists need to understand that the Blue Badge scheme is not a luxury for Disabled people: for many it is an essential tool to living a full live by travelling to work, visiting shops  or socialising with friends and family. Some councils are clearly giving a high priority to enforcing the rules around the scheme and we would urge all other councils to follow their lead.”

You can view the full research here.

Milton Keynes issued 5,962 fines last year, the highest number by any single local authority.  Manchester followed closely behind with 5,799 administered PCNs, with motorists in Leeds racking up 4,573 Blue Badge related fines last year. The 33 London councils issued more than 45,000 fines.

Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com which carried out the research,said: “The Blue Badge scheme was introduced by the Government to help those with mobility issues park close to where they need to go.

“Drivers who abuse the Blue Badge policy could face a fine of up to £1,000. Yet despite the risk of hefty penalties, it’s clear the law is disregarded by many motorists risking large fines to park for free or closer to their destination.”