Crackdown on misuse of Blue Badges

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A CRACKDOWN on the misuse of Blue Badges, which allow those who are disabled to park closer to their destination, took place over two days last week.

Over this period, 40 badges were checked. A deceased persons badge was being used by a third party, one badge holder will be asked to attend for a re-assessment as he was displaying a badge but working on scaffolding, two drivers were issued penalty notices for misuse, and a number of other drivers received advice about unreadable and out of date badges, incorrect display and the condition of the Blue Badge.

Hastings Borough Council, NSL the on street parking contractor, East Sussex County Council, the police and the Marston Group, the UK’s largest judicial services group, all took to the streets to check Blue Badges and court orders on vehicles last week.

The event came out of an action from the Access 4 All group, supported by the council, and was organised by NSL to target the misuse of Blue Badges in the area.

Councillor Kim Forward, lead member for communities at Hastings Borough Council and chair of Access 4 All, said: “The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers who have severe mobility problems or are registered blind and the scheme allows people to park near to where they need to go.

“Although the findings are very disappointing I’m pleased that we have been able to work together.

“We take Blue Badge misuse very seriously because of the impact it has on disabled people’s needs and we will take enforcement action where a badge is identified as being misused.”

Adults, children and organisations may be eligible for a Blue Badge.

To find out more about the scheme or to apply for a badge visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk.