Three blue badge fraudsters have been banned from driving after a council took them to court.

Redbridge Council successfully prosecuted four drivers who were all hit with fines which collectively totalled £1,500 for misusing disabled parking badges in the borough’s streets.

All four appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 2 and three of them lost their licences for periods ranging from 28 days to four months.

The council said blue badge permits are designed to give those with serious mobility issues and disabilities the opportunity to manage their lives more easily by offering greater freedom and flexibility to park in the borough.

The authority added it is taking a tough stance against this type of crime to ensure the protection of its disabled parking provision.

Cllr Helen Coomb, cabinet member for transformation and engagement said: “The blue badge permit is a vital lifeline for many of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, and anyone misusing it is preventing those in genuine need from accessing on-street parking where and when they need it most.

“These selfish criminals reduce parking spaces for genuine permit holders who truly need them.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. I’m pleased to say that these recent prosecutions are just the start, with more along the way. Our message is very clear: if you misuse a blue badge, you will be prosecuted.”

Blue badges can only be used by the named badge holder, either as a passenger or driver.

Misuse is a criminal offence and can result in a maximum fine of £1,000.

For more information on the blue badge scheme in Redbridge, go to

To report suspected blue badge fraud, call us on 0800 633 5267 or email