Crackdown launched on Blue Badge fraud in Redbridge

Misuse of disabled badges is being cracked down on by Redbridge council.

Misuse of disabled badges is being cracked down on by Redbridge council.

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A crackdown on people misusing blue badges for the disabled has begun.

Redbridge council enforcement officers have been handed powers previously given to police to confiscate badges for suspected misuse.

Misuse includes lending a badge to someone else or using a fake or altered badge.

Blue badge abuse is said to cost the taxpayer £46m per year. 

Under the new powers, anyone caught misusing a badge by the council's officers can be fined up to £1000.

Disablility groups praised the new initiative.

Helen Dolphin, director of policy and campaigns for disabled motoring UK, said: “I’m really delighted to hear the council is tackling blue badge fraud head on.

“I believe their initiative will really make people stop and think twice before attempting to doctor or misuse a blue badge, which only serve to deprive a disabled person from parking."

Jon Abrams, of Redbridge Disability Consortium, said: “While for the majority, a trip to the high street is simply routine, for many disabled people it is often a journey which is time consuming and full of obstacles and hurdles made all the more difficult when one is unable to park close to where one needs to be.

"This is why the Blue Badge Scheme is of such importance to this group, and why we support Redbridge Council’s efforts to protect it."

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7:58am Wed 6 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is great news and long overdue.

I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt
This is great news and long overdue. I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

8:57am Wed 6 Aug 14

DaveInTheForest says...

I saw a builder park his blue-badged vehicle the other day, then haul a giant rucksack out of the rear seat and run to catch a train. And it always funny how a blue-badge holders round my way all seem to have range rovers. is it the new Invicta chariot?
I saw a builder park his blue-badged vehicle the other day, then haul a giant rucksack out of the rear seat and run to catch a train. And it always funny how a blue-badge holders round my way all seem to have range rovers. is it the new Invicta chariot? DaveInTheForest
  • Score: 1

9:06am Wed 6 Aug 14

T. Watts says...

So true! At Sainsbury a few days ago, I saw a giant (and frankly hideous) white Range Rover parked really badly, at an angle over TWO disabled spaces. Guess what? Blue badge.
So true! At Sainsbury a few days ago, I saw a giant (and frankly hideous) white Range Rover parked really badly, at an angle over TWO disabled spaces. Guess what? Blue badge. T. Watts
  • Score: 15

10:45am Wed 6 Aug 14

MorrisHickey says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
This is great news and long overdue.

I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt
Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This is great news and long overdue. I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt[/p][/quote]Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 9

11:21am Wed 6 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
This is great news and long overdue.

I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt
Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot.
Yes , I am wide awake, and like I say , I hope they target Hoe Street as well or is enforcement exclusive to Redbridge?
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This is great news and long overdue. I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt[/p][/quote]Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot.[/p][/quote]Yes , I am wide awake, and like I say , I hope they target Hoe Street as well or is enforcement exclusive to Redbridge? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -11

1:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Alan_1976 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
This is great news and long overdue.

I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt
Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot.
Yes , I am wide awake, and like I say , I hope they target Hoe Street as well or is enforcement exclusive to Redbridge?
Wide awake and not reading the articles as usual.

You don't get a lot of "Redbridge council enforcement officers" in Waltham Forest
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This is great news and long overdue. I hope they target the flash vehicles often parked around Hoe Street and the white Bentley whose drive carefully places a blue badge in the windscreen then runs across the road like Usaine Bolt[/p][/quote]Hoe Street? Redbridge? Wake up Village Idiot.[/p][/quote]Yes , I am wide awake, and like I say , I hope they target Hoe Street as well or is enforcement exclusive to Redbridge?[/p][/quote]Wide awake and not reading the articles as usual. You don't get a lot of "Redbridge council enforcement officers" in Waltham Forest Alan_1976
  • Score: 10

3:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

sd1969 says...

I hope they also look at the amount of "old" disabled bays that are in the borough which are being blatantly flouted by residents also where a relative has died or the person no longer lives there. There are six disabled bays in Cavendish Road and I know of one in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park which is no longer required but is used as a convenient parking spot for the resident.
I hope they also look at the amount of "old" disabled bays that are in the borough which are being blatantly flouted by residents also where a relative has died or the person no longer lives there. There are six disabled bays in Cavendish Road and I know of one in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park which is no longer required but is used as a convenient parking spot for the resident. sd1969
  • Score: 9

3:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

sd1969 says...

I meant this towards LBWF and not Redbridge.
I meant this towards LBWF and not Redbridge. sd1969
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jackblack007 says...

T. Watts wrote:
So true! At Sainsbury a few days ago, I saw a giant (and frankly hideous) white Range Rover parked really badly, at an angle over TWO disabled spaces. Guess what? Blue badge.
if they can walk around most sainsburys superstores, then they can park like the rest of us. its a joke
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: So true! At Sainsbury a few days ago, I saw a giant (and frankly hideous) white Range Rover parked really badly, at an angle over TWO disabled spaces. Guess what? Blue badge.[/p][/quote]if they can walk around most sainsburys superstores, then they can park like the rest of us. its a joke jackblack007
  • Score: 15

7:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

cynicalsue says...

Glad Redbridge is doing something about this. The Blue Badge abuse occurs on a daily basis in Ilford.
Glad Redbridge is doing something about this. The Blue Badge abuse occurs on a daily basis in Ilford. cynicalsue
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

parkingtrouble says...

Great. Perhaps this means Redbridge can reduce the number of disabled bays on Wanstead High Street.
Great. Perhaps this means Redbridge can reduce the number of disabled bays on Wanstead High Street. parkingtrouble
  • Score: -3

7:32am Thu 7 Aug 14

stickmanny says...

Middle of the night in Redbridge Forest I saw this guy park a truck across five disabled bays, pop into the Benefit Office, then run a triathlon. No really. He had a blue badge and Romanian plates.

Won't someone save the taxpayer from this living hell?
Middle of the night in Redbridge Forest I saw this guy park a truck across five disabled bays, pop into the Benefit Office, then run a triathlon. No really. He had a blue badge and Romanian plates. Won't someone save the taxpayer from this living hell? stickmanny
  • Score: 7

11:37am Thu 7 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger.

If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda?
During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger. If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

11:53am Thu 7 Aug 14

tjm01 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger. If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda?
Explain where the connection is ?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger. If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda?[/p][/quote]Explain where the connection is ? tjm01
  • Score: 7

11:54am Thu 7 Aug 14

tjm01 says...

tjm01 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote: During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger. If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda?
Explain where the connection is ?
Why do who need so many disabled bays outside Asda?
[quote][p][bold]tjm01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: During the Paralympics, we were told that the athletes were the faster and stronger. If this is so, why do they need so many disabled bays outside Asda?[/p][/quote]Explain where the connection is ?[/p][/quote]Why do who need so many disabled bays outside Asda? tjm01
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

Anyone caught should be find, given a one year driving ban and be forced to retake their driving test. They see themselves as "being a bit cheeky" but their selfishness affects the genuinely disabled people who desparately need the allocated spaces, while they're at it maybe they could clamp a few of the lazy idiots who are solo drivers that park in the parent and child bays to save themselves a 20 second walk.
Anyone caught should be find, given a one year driving ban and be forced to retake their driving test. They see themselves as "being a bit cheeky" but their selfishness affects the genuinely disabled people who desparately need the allocated spaces, while they're at it maybe they could clamp a few of the lazy idiots who are solo drivers that park in the parent and child bays to save themselves a 20 second walk. jonny mash
  • Score: -1

5:42pm Fri 8 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

jonny mash wrote:
Anyone caught should be find, given a one year driving ban and be forced to retake their driving test. They see themselves as "being a bit cheeky" but their selfishness affects the genuinely disabled people who desparately need the allocated spaces, while they're at it maybe they could clamp a few of the lazy idiots who are solo drivers that park in the parent and child bays to save themselves a 20 second walk.
*fined
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: Anyone caught should be find, given a one year driving ban and be forced to retake their driving test. They see themselves as "being a bit cheeky" but their selfishness affects the genuinely disabled people who desparately need the allocated spaces, while they're at it maybe they could clamp a few of the lazy idiots who are solo drivers that park in the parent and child bays to save themselves a 20 second walk.[/p][/quote]*fined jonny mash
  • Score: -2

10:07pm Fri 8 Aug 14

parkingtrouble says...

Supermarkets can't enforce the blue badge and family parking. It is private land. All they can issue is an "invoice" for a parking charge.

Using a blue badge fraudulently on public roads is a criminal offence. You don't just get a parking ticket you get a court appearance.
Supermarkets can't enforce the blue badge and family parking. It is private land. All they can issue is an "invoice" for a parking charge. Using a blue badge fraudulently on public roads is a criminal offence. You don't just get a parking ticket you get a court appearance. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is worrying how parking bays for the disbanded get abused for political purposes,
It is worrying how parking bays for the disbanded get abused for political purposes, Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

12:48pm Sun 10 Aug 14

roundthetwist says...

sd1969 wrote:
I hope they also look at the amount of "old" disabled bays that are in the borough which are being blatantly flouted by residents also where a relative has died or the person no longer lives there. There are six disabled bays in Cavendish Road and I know of one in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park which is no longer required but is used as a convenient parking spot for the resident.
If the disabled person is no longer resident the contact LBWF to advise.
[quote][p][bold]sd1969[/bold] wrote: I hope they also look at the amount of "old" disabled bays that are in the borough which are being blatantly flouted by residents also where a relative has died or the person no longer lives there. There are six disabled bays in Cavendish Road and I know of one in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park which is no longer required but is used as a convenient parking spot for the resident.[/p][/quote]If the disabled person is no longer resident the contact LBWF to advise. roundthetwist
  • Score: 2

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