Fraudsters who abuse the disabled parking scheme face a fine of up to £1,000 under new rules unveiled by the government.
Police, traffic wardens and parking attendants can now ask to see a motorist’s Blue Badge. Anyone who can’t produce a badge without good reason will then face a fine.
The Blue Badge scheme provides parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties and other disabilities.
Abuse of Blue Badge
Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: ‘Abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme is a serious issue that not only affects disabled badge holders, but anyone who needs to find a parking space.
‘These new measures will strengthen the existing powers and will mean that it is far easier to identify people who are abusing the scheme and to bring them to book.’
Local authorities already have the power to demand a badge be returned if it has been misused.
There have already been at least three convictions of motorists who abused the system and local authorities can also refuse to issue a badge if they believe it is going to be misused.