Redbridge council has one of the highest rates of blue badge fraud convictions in the country.

A Blue Badge gives residents street parking concessions such as disabled parking if travelling as either a driver or passenger.

Figures released by the Department of Transport ranked Redbridge eleventh in the country for successful Blue Badge fraud prosecutions in 2019.

Last year, the council launched a campaign targeting Blue Badge fraud.

As part of the on-going campaign, the council has checked hundreds of badges, with most cases brought to court involving people using someone else’s badge to avoid paying for parking.

Cllr Helen Coomb, member for transformation and engagement, said: “I’m really proud of how far we have come since starting our campaign last year, and we are not stopping so let that be a warning to those using blue badges illegally in the borough.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behaviour - especially when the council has provided street parking bays that offer 60 minutes free parking.

“Anyone using a blue badge fraudulently is taking away a valuable parking space from those in genuine need of it, making it even harder for people with mobility issues to go about their daily business.

“There are robust rules in place to ensure that blue badges are not misused. The permits are issued to people who face real difficulty in getting around and are a vital lifeline.

“Our message is very clear – if you misuse a blue badge, you will be prosecuted.”

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