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Jun 18 2014

Harrow Council cracks down on blue badge misuse

harrow_council_logoThe Blue Badge Operation was just one carried out to tackle a range of crime and licensing issues in the area.

A trip to the shops proved to be a more expensive outing than one motorist had anticipated after she was stopped during a crackdown on blue badge misuse.

Officers from Harrow Council joined Roxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team in Northolt Road, Harrow, on Thursday to look for drivers who were falsely displaying the badges, which are meant for people with disabilities.

One woman, who was believed to be misusing her son’s badge, was also suspected of driving on a provisional licence without an insured and experienced licence holder travelling with her. The woman now faces police action for the driving infringement and in total could have to pay out fines of up to £1,000.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, portfolio holder for Environment, Crime and Community Safety, said: “Blue badges are used by some of the most vulnerable people in our community and the majority use them as they are intended – a vital lifeline for ensuring disabled people can access places like shops and doctors surgeries. Unfortunately there is a minority of people who try to abuse the system and where this happens we will take action. Operations like this, as well as others carried out on the day, are so successful because of the strong partnership we have with the police and other agencies and we will continue to work with our partners to tackle issues like this.”

The crackdown was part of a number of operations carried out by council, police and the UK Border Agency during a day-long blitz on anti-social behaviour, fraud, and immigration and licensing offences in the Northolt Road area.

A total of five drivers were questioned for suspected blue badge misuse during the four hour operation. All were suspected to be using badges issued to genuine badge holders, but they were not travelling with them. The badges were confiscated by fraud officers and the drivers will return to the council for formal interviews in the coming weeks. If prosecuted and found guilty, offenders can receive a fine up to £1000.

Elsewhere, one man was arrested for immigration offences in Shankar Supermarket, officers discovered several properties in Parkfield Road where HMO licenses had been breached and the council’s anti-social behaviour officer joined police to give out crime prevention advice at Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Source: Harrow Council

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2 comments

  1. j p hobbs

    Never mind Harrow Council will always find ways of screwing the motorist , always have always will . why does stealth cameras come to mind ?

  2. j p hobbs

    Newsflash !!!!! Greedy councils to lose Stealth camera cars , I am sure Harrow will find a way around it .
    Several councillors said they would look into the Stealth camera at Harrow and Wealdstone Station about a year ago , I think they were talking about taking Selfies as they have done Begger all .

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