144 blue badges have been seized from motorists in Waltham Forest over the past 12 months

Over 140 disabled badges seized for mis-use

Over 140 disabled badges seized for mis-use

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Parking enforcement officers have seized over 140 blue badges fraudulently used by motorists across Waltham Forest.

To clamp down on the mis-use of the disability passes, Waltham Forest Council, the police, and parking contractors NSL teamed up with the blue badge fraud initiative team (BBFI) 18 months ago.

So far, 209 badges have been removed, with 144 of those being confiscated in the last 12 months after they were established as fake, stolen, reported lost, or belonging to someone else.

In addition to the removed badges, 51 cases have been referred to court, and a total of 11 people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and mis-use.

Arrests were made in Station Road and Chingford Mount Road, and Westbury Road, Erskine Road, Eldon Road, Mission Grove Road and Buxton Road in Walthamstow.

A 62 year-old has been convicted of forgery after being found using a conterfeit blue badge on March 21 of last year.

Ryszard Dytlow, of Russell Road in Walthamstow was sentenced to a six-month driving ban and ordered to pay costs of £250. 

The council has highlighted the area around Walthamstow Market to have the highest level of mis-use. 

Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment said:

"We have come across lots of people using their relative’s badges and even discovered people using badges belonging to family members who have died.

"There was even one incident recently where someone had a fake badge made using a cereal box. Anyone considering this sort of thing needs to understand is that essentially you’re committing fraud."

Each year the council issues approximately 3,500 blue badges and each one is valid for up to three years, but the fraudulent used of badges means local authorities collectively make a combined annual loss of £4.6 million. 

 

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2:55pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Fantastic news, hope they got the one off the big white Bentley in Hoe Street where the driver pulls up alone, leaps out the car and runs seemingly fit as a fiddle across the road, often carrying heavy items back to his car.
Fantastic news, hope they got the one off the big white Bentley in Hoe Street where the driver pulls up alone, leaps out the car and runs seemingly fit as a fiddle across the road, often carrying heavy items back to his car. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 23

4:16pm Thu 17 Apr 14

hursthill says...

Why is parking free for blue badge holders ?
I constantly see " so called " disabled drivers sprinting away from their luxury cars.
Why is parking free for blue badge holders ? I constantly see " so called " disabled drivers sprinting away from their luxury cars. hursthill
  • Score: 11

9:35pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Call me Earl says...

I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough.
I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough. Call me Earl
  • Score: 10

10:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

cynicalsue says...

Call me Earl wrote:
I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough.
That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday.
[quote][p][bold]Call me Earl[/bold] wrote: I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough.[/p][/quote]That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday. cynicalsue
  • Score: 6

10:22am Fri 18 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

hursthill wrote:
Why is parking free for blue badge holders ?
I constantly see " so called " disabled drivers sprinting away from their luxury cars.
Yeah I constantly see this too. All the time.

Perhaps we could charge disabled people more than you to park? Extra benefits for "the taxpayer" no?
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: Why is parking free for blue badge holders ? I constantly see " so called " disabled drivers sprinting away from their luxury cars.[/p][/quote]Yeah I constantly see this too. All the time. Perhaps we could charge disabled people more than you to park? Extra benefits for "the taxpayer" no? stickmanny
  • Score: -10

4:36pm Fri 18 Apr 14

ruby newbie says...

would be nice if lb of redbrdige did the same
would be nice if lb of redbrdige did the same ruby newbie
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Fri 18 Apr 14

fabster says...

Bravo! Finally. Tip to the enforcement officers: Friday on Mansfield Road.
Bravo! Finally. Tip to the enforcement officers: Friday on Mansfield Road. fabster
  • Score: 3

10:53am Sat 19 Apr 14

Nairn says...

Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they can't afford to drive a 'posh' car. Or is the suggestion here that only poor people are disabled??
Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they can't afford to drive a 'posh' car. Or is the suggestion here that only poor people are disabled?? Nairn
  • Score: 4

5:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

myopinioncounts says...

cynicalsue says...

That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday.

Have they and the Mayor returned from their trip to Pakistan? I have searched for the article and it seems to have disappeared from the Guardian's website.
cynicalsue says... That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday. Have they and the Mayor returned from their trip to Pakistan? I have searched for the article and it seems to have disappeared from the Guardian's website. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 6

6:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

Nairn wrote:
Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they can't afford to drive a 'posh' car. Or is the suggestion here that only poor people are disabled??
Yes, fits with many of the cretinous views around here - throw the disabled in the same box as the unemployed: the one marked 'burden on the taxpayer'.
[quote][p][bold]Nairn[/bold] wrote: Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they can't afford to drive a 'posh' car. Or is the suggestion here that only poor people are disabled??[/p][/quote]Yes, fits with many of the cretinous views around here - throw the disabled in the same box as the unemployed: the one marked 'burden on the taxpayer'. stickmanny
  • Score: 4

9:11pm Sat 19 Apr 14

VESTRYPARK says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Call me Earl wrote:
I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough.
That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday.
What a load of cobblers, rather than peeping behind the curtains go do something worthwhile like cleaning graffiti, helping elderly residents, give generously to charities etc etc which most of the people you refer to actually do!!
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Call me Earl[/bold] wrote: I`ve been on at the council for years to concentrate on the Queens Road and side roads on a Friday around 1pm. They could of had around 20 dodgy badges in my road alone. I have provided photos of vehicles and permit numbers of drivers who obviously are young, fit and drive high powered cars and builders!!! vehicles. Although it`s taken me three years to get the council to wake up regarding the frauds, nothing much has happened around my part of the borough.[/p][/quote]That's because most of the Councillors are busy themselves around 1pm on a Friday.[/p][/quote]What a load of cobblers, rather than peeping behind the curtains go do something worthwhile like cleaning graffiti, helping elderly residents, give generously to charities etc etc which most of the people you refer to actually do!! VESTRYPARK
  • Score: -2

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