Feb 04 2013

Blue Badge Clampdown in Harrow

harrow_council_logoEight people have been caught suspected of misusing disabled parking badges in a Council crackdown on Blue Badge fraud. The alleged offences all involved displaying blue badges which belonged to ‘friends and family’. None of the offenders were in possession of counterfeit blue badges.

The badges were voluntarily handed over to Harrow Council enforcement officers who worked in partnership with the Police during the one-day crackdown in St Johns and Lyon Road on Thursday. The suspects will be interviewed by Harrow Council fraud officers and a decision to take legal action against them will be taken afterwards. All eight received fixed penalty notices of £30, or £55 for parking whilst displaying the badges in contravention of scheme.

A blue disabled badge entitles the owner to park in marked disabled spaces, in areas where parking is not normally permitted and parking without payment in pay and display spaces.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Performance, Customer Services and Corporate Services, Cllr Graham Henson, said: “Supporting those in need is of paramount importance to the Council and we will continue to investigate anyone who tries to misuse facilities we have put in place to help those with a genuine need. The vast majority of blue badges in Harrow are used correctly but sadly there remains a minority of individuals who seem to believe that the law does not apply to them. I hope this operation sends a clear message to anyone thinking about using a blue badge in a dishonest way.”

Source: Harrow Council

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  1. derek miles

    so glad that these villains have been caught but after couple Yrs getting away with this they only get £30 fine
    when 10 mmins parking gets you a £60 fine so where is the punishment they diserve

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