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Campaigning Success! Review of Blue Badge Fraud and Misuse

Posted in General News on Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Department for Transport has announced that they will set up a task group with key organisations to gather ideas and evidence on how to improve the consistency of council Blue Badge enforcement to tackle fraud and misuse.

Disabled Motoring UK has been continuously campaigning for the government to do more when it comes to making sure that the Blue Badge scheme is enforced properly. In the past we’ve been extremely disappointed that the government has not taken this issue seriously.

DMUK advised the DfT to consider proper enforcement of the scheme before it looked to extend the scheme in 2018. The charity predicts that when the eligibility changes come into effect in August 2019 the number of Blue Badge holders will increase and we will be contacted more and more by disabled people who find their Blue Badge completely meaningless as they will be unable to find adequate parking because it will be so oversubscribed. Using proper enforcement is one way in which local authorities can help reduce this problem by making sure that only genuine Blue Badge holders have access to disabled parking.

The charity is delighted to see that the DfT has listened to our concerns and are now setting up a task group to look into Blue Badge fraud and misuse. The DfT also state that: “The review will also look at ensuring that there is greater public awareness of which groups are eligible for a badge, when it can and cannot be used, and how to surrender the badge when it is no longer needed, for example if the badge holder dies.”

This is a fantastic step forward in educating the wider community of the importance of Blue Badges to genuine users and how they should be used appropriately.

DMUK Communications and Campaigns Director, Heidi Turner commented: “DMUK is pleased that the DfT is taking the matter of Blue Badge fraud and misuse seriously. The charity has been campaigning for proper enforcement of the scheme for years, we are thrilled that finally we have been listened to and government is going to do something to help the thousands of Blue Badge holders who cannot park using their Blue Badge because the scheme is so widely abused. DMUK looks forward to being invited to join the task group”

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Evelyn Ann Dixon

Wednesday, July, 3rd, 2019

I agree with any help in stopping the misuse of the above, it happens so often, I personally think the photo of the disabled person should be displayed on the front, so people will know the person is genuine, regards Evelyn

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Mick Guy

Wednesday, July, 3rd, 2019

Last week I challenged a man sitting in his car in a disabled bay without a blue badge. His answer totally shocked me. He said where would he park and I didn't look disabled. Is there any way I can post a picture of his car?

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Isobel Brown

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

Disabled parking spaces are so limited,it’s hard to get one, the announcement last week that more disabilities are to be added to the b b scheme, people with mental health problems , means chances of getting a bay is zero ,unless more are made available. That’s not counting the people with no badge or people using other people’s badges .

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Michael Bax

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

All badges should have photo of user on the front and vehicles not showing a valid blue badge but parked on a disabled bay should be fined £300.00 and clamped until fine is paid

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Barbara Barker

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

I find in most supermarket car parks that there are not enough disabled spaces available. Whether this is due to non disabled customers parking on these spaces, I know not but how will you prove this? If there is a badge in the vehicle, how can you know that the vehicle is occupied by the disabled person or not? It will need clever technology to sort this problem. Barbara Barker (Mrs.)

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Stephen Belcher

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

We parked in a disabled bay at our local B&Q alongside 3 work vans, questioning one we recieved an abusive answer. How do police for this type of situation and the atitude received, camera on each bay, drop down posts on key entrey of the badge number, , with links back to the Badge Registration held by the issing council. Chip and pin in the badge.

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Dave Curle

Monday, June, 17th, 2019

I welcome all schemes that help the disabled drivers/passengers to park relatively easily. One thing that does annoy me is when a car is parked in a disabled bay, with a blue badge displayed, and the disabled person is in the car while the able bodied person goes off shopping or whatever!

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David James Musgrave

Monday, June, 24th, 2019

I am a Blue badge holder and always try to use it according to the rules, we have a neighbour who also has a badge for her husband who is disabled but she uses the badge for her use. She was seen using the Blue badge to park on double yellow lines so she could go to bingo, also according to the rules when not in use the Blue badge must be kept out of sight hers remains in clear view on her dashboard day and night and has done for over 2 years. This in my eyes is blantant missuse of the badge as it lends the possibillity to theft, have often wondered if reporting this to our local authority who issued the Bue badge.

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D Cockburn

Monday, June, 24th, 2019

I would welcome any stiffer enforcement on checking blue badges, I have had much abuse when I have pointed out to drivers parked in a disabled bay that they must show a blue badge.Excuses are I’m only dropping my husband off or I will only be here 5 minutes. When I say you shouldn’t be here at all that’s when I get the abuse

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Mark winter

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

Not all disability’s are visible but some of us have more need for the blue badge parking areas like me I’m unable to walk properly due to works accident 4 years ago which has left me disabled but can get about I’m not a paraplegic which I think should be more untitled to park in zones So why don’t you have a traffic light system people with more impairments should be able to park in a green hatched area nearer to shops then people like me amber then people with mental illnesses in red areas Many a times I’ve been unable to park up and have a mobility wheelchair only to watch someone pull up park up and walk away to do shopping Just a thought Mark

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Maria Pinder

Tuesday, June, 25th, 2019

Would be great if we could lobby for legislation to be reviewed/ implemented, to ensure more disabled parking is allocated. As it is there is very often a shortage of disabled parking, even before the implementation of extended eligibility Blue Badge qualification. As an individual I have not enough sway. Maybe your organisation & parter associated could raise this point to those that have. Many Thanks Maria

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Douglas Campbell

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

Please do not suggest photo on front of badge. This could attract racist abuse from some people. For women it advertises their gender and may make them feel more vulnerable. For people with facial disfigurements it adds to their already massive issues. All enforcement staff on the public highway have the right to demand to inspect the badge and can then see the photo. For us passers by it really is nothing to do with us! In private car parks the owner can set what rules they want to set.

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Alexander Mackenzie

Tuesday, June, 25th, 2019

I welcome all schemes that help disabled drivers/passengers to park relatively easily. One thing that does annoy mi is when a car parks in a disabled bay and puts the blue badge in the front windscreen. And you see the person get out of the car and run across the car park and in to the store. Now here comes the interesting thing. I know there is invisible illness as I have two i n them being, fibromyalgia and a condition called crps but for me I am lucky I have the use of my crutches and a wheelchair so you can see that I have a disability and that I can not walk without them or very far without being in extreme and constant pain.now her is the other thing when you see these people get out their car and run over the car park. And into the store and when you ask them why have they parked in a disabled bay they then say I have mental health issues. Now I know mental health is a disability in it self as I too also live with severe mental health and anxiety issues. But I am unable to walk without the aid of my crutches or my wheelchair. Now I would gladly just welcome being able to walk and just have the mental health issues and give up the disabled bay to a person who could not walk and needed the bay. Now my point I am making is having mental health issues is disabling but not to the point that they cant walk. I know some people have to have someone with them but to have a blue badge for this then I am sorry then they may as well give everyone a blue badge. I thought the point of the blue badge scheme was for people who had walking difficulties over a certain distance or for wheelchair users not for the able bodied to gain a free parking space.

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Katie Street

Friday, July, 5th, 2019

I cannot walk; I use a mobility scooter, so I don’t need to park near to the shops, as I don’t have to limit the distance I walk. However I do need space around the car to unload the scooter and enough space alongside to be able to scoot to/from the driver’s or passenger seats, so extra hatchlings behind and either side of the car. Also, when on my scooter I am low down, so cannot be seen by cars reversing out of a parking space. It would be a good idea to have more disabled bays further from the shops for people like me, but with a safe pathway to the doors. I would also be happy to have a visible photo to help avoid misuse.

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David Lazarus

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

Please include a review of the street sign for Dedicated disabled bays. I have a Dedicated Bay and even though the bay is marked on the road lines DISABLED, the plate on the post is not nearly strong enough. I regularly have cars parked in my bay and if i wait for them to return they say they didn't see the plate or it doesn't have the wheelchair symbol. Also get blue badge holders occasionally so a blue wheelchair symbol will only encourage other blue badge holders. Please ask them to think and consider another colour or some alternative as system does not work currently.

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Peter Brown

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

As a new blue badge holder myself with only 10 PIP points I am angered to find people who appear to use the blue badge when the badge holder is not there. The other misuse is when people park in a badge place and the driver remains in the vehicle whilst the blue badge holder undertakes their business, in some cases they sit there with their engine running. I understand the reasoning why the badge holders face is not on show but there has to be a way where the blue badge holder is easily identified I.e. a description of there apparent gender, age - 50’s 60’s etc and if they use a Mobility aid without naming the aid. I am very much aware as to where I park and the other month I was in the doctors when I over heard a gentlemen complaint to his friend that he had received a parking ticket for abusing where he had parked. His statement was don’t the enforcement officers realise that disabled people are in benefits! That attitude where they think they are above the law is wrong, they should be reminded that the law applies to everyone and a disability is no excuse for flouting the law. As always it is the minority who spoil it for the majority parking fines etc should result in the blue badge been suspended for a few months etc.

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June

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

I always thought that the traffic wardens had a legal right to ask you to show the photo side of your blue badge. I have had a blue badge for years and never been challenged - and I would really welcome a traffic warden checking anyone’s blue badge. I have one of those fluctuating invisible illnesses and I only use a disabled bay when needed as enjoy the ability to walk when I can! Much stricter control of badges and proof of disability etc is needed to stop the ongoing fraudulent use

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john joseph Mc Gahan

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

Hi, I;m taking the opportunity to ask questions as to why Supermarkets, shop owners etc DO NOT enforce the laws governing Disabled Parking at their premises. And even allow delivery lorries and vans to park in Disabled Bays, with 90 yr old Disabled people having to Park up to 200 meters away and have to walk in the rain. Why is nothing been done about this?.

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Carol Perry

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

The scheme is already over subscribed. There are many places in the Lincoln/Gainsborough area where Blue Badge parking places have been reduced to make more spaces available for Mother and Child parking spaces. As a mobility limited person this has frequently left me sitting in the car to wait for my driver to get my shopping. I need a fully opened door in order to struggle out of the car and space for my mobility scooter to be put together. Why are Motherand Child spaces suddenly seeming of higher priority than disability?

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Mike Brown

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I agree with an earlier correspondent that the use of the Blue Badge scheme, at least in my eyes, was for those of us who are physically not capable of walking very far, hence the design on the Blue Badge itself. Be that as it may, nothing will change the culture we have now, and I fear that this so called review will fail to meet what is required as has been stated it will ensure that everyone knows how and when to use a Blue Badge. The bottom line is the badges are being abused by non disabled people, and nothing is done to stop it. Our own Traffic Warden knows of three young girls using a Blue Badge to park their car before going to work. He knows it is not theirs to use but cannot stop them under the current rules. The design of the badge itself is faulty. Putting the picture of the holder on the outside will enable enforcement officials to recognise if it is being used by the holder. Some may believe this is an abuse of privacy, I would welcome any measure to; reduce abuse of this scheme. I have a WAV and I am finding it harder and harder to park and at times I have simply gone home and not bothered. Our local council saw fit to remove well over a dozen disabled parking bays to replace them with a taxi rank, thus indicating how important we folk with mobility problems are to them. Perhaps the review may also consider the rationale of how the badges are allocated in the first place.

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Isobel Brown

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

Disabled parking spaces are so limited,it’s hard to get one, the announcement last week that more disabilities are to be added to the b b scheme, people with mental health problems , means chances of getting a bay is zero ,unless more are made available. That’s not counting the people with no badge or people using other people’s badges .

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Stella Thomas

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I think it would be better if the photograph was on the front.

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Andy Hollingbery

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

One way to reduce the misuse of the Blue Badge is to reintroduce the rule whereby the badge is place photo up. At present it is impossible to tell if the apparently fully able person using the badge is actually entitled due to a "hidden" disability.

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Mike Brown

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I agree with an earlier correspondent that the use of the Blue Badge scheme, at least in my eyes, was for those of us who are physically not capable of walking very far, hence the design on the Blue Badge itself. Be that as it may, nothing will change the culture we have now, and I fear that this so called review will fail to meet what is required as has been stated it will ensure that everyone knows how and when to use a Blue Badge. The bottom line is the badges are being abused by non disabled people, and nothing is done to stop it. Our own Traffic Warden knows of three young girls using a Blue Badge to park their car before going to work. He knows it is not theirs to use but cannot stop them under the current rules. The design of the badge itself is faulty. Putting the picture of the holder on the outside will enable enforcement officials to recognise if it is being used by the holder. Some may believe this is an abuse of privacy, I would welcome any measure to; reduce abuse of this scheme. I have a WAV and I am finding it harder and harder to park and at times I have simply gone home and not bothered. Our local council saw fit to remove well over a dozen disabled parking bays to replace them with a taxi rank, thus indicating how important we folk with mobility problems are to them. Perhaps the review may also consider the rationale of how the badges are allocated in the first place.

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Ray Tazz Talbot

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

The blue badge scheme should be refurbished completely: Blue: for disable drive Orange: for disabled adult passenger Green: for elderly passengers Green & White stripe: elderly driver Purple: for disable child

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Doug Peacock

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

Hello, When I see prosecutions (rare) for Blue Badge miss-use I do wonder why the penalty or the fines are so low+ why are they not the £1.000 max. used ?

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Ray Cockayne

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I agree with all comments made so far as i’ve seen and experienced the same. I believe the badge needs to be made proofed against forgery. I know some will not like this but I also believe the photo should be on the front. If the photo was on the front it would be easy for anyone to check that it matches the user. As it stands blue badges will be forged and claims of, ‘Ive got a hidden disability mate’ will soar out of all proportion leaving genuine people unable to park. Last week I arrived at Asda to do my weekly shopping and the disabled bays were full, why, because it was hammering down with rain. I had to park my heavily modified Motability van 70 yards away from the entrance. To top it all Asda had given ‘permission’ to workmen to park their van in a disabled space. Yes I did complain (to senior management), but like many ‘caring’ companies they just made excuses. They get away with it because the car park is privately owned. It’s time they fell into the same legal framework as authority provided spaces which would force them to police their disabled bays.

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Ray Cockayne

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I agree with all comments made so far as i’ve seen and experienced the same. I believe the badge needs to be made proofed against forgery. I know some will not like this but I also believe the photo should be on the front. If the photo was on the front it would be easy for anyone to check that it matches the user. As it stands blue badges will be forged and claims of, ‘Ive got a hidden disability mate’ will soar out of all proportion leaving genuine people unable to park. Last week I arrived at Asda to do my weekly shopping and the disabled bays were full, why, because it was hammering down with rain. I had to park my heavily modified Motability van 70 yards away from the entrance. To top it all Asda had given ‘permission’ to workmen to park their van in a disabled space. Yes I did complain (to senior management), but like many ‘caring’ companies they just made excuses. They get away with it because the car park is privately owned. It’s time they fell into the same legal framework as authority provided spaces which would force them to police their disabled bays.

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David Bowdrey

Friday, July, 5th, 2019

The Blue Badge scheme should 'reserve' parking spaces for those that have problems walking; shown by needing an aid to walk. The intended inclusion of some disabilities that don't preclude walking should not, in my opinion, be included in the Blue Badge scheme. A person with a disability who can walk without aid should not take up a parking space for those that have problem walking. The difficulty comes with those with a heart condition; or other 'hidden' disability. Yet, if such a person anticipates walking around a shop without aid surely they can walk across a car park. Where such a person needs an aid then such use would be obvious and raise no questions. As to fines for fraudulent use. Those very few cases that are prosecuted should receive the maximum penalty (or near to). Presumably, extenuating circumstances have been considered, and appropriate warnings given, before any case has been taken to Court. Suitable publicity of the prosecution for the offence may deter others. Personally, while my wheelchair is carried in the back of the vehicle, it's the extra space to open the side door that I find most useful. The 'extra' space allows me to open the door fully giving me room to get in and out of my vehicle. The Blue Badge parking near the shop enables me to use my walking stick for the short distance before using a trolley as a walker. Such an approach means I'm not blocking the isles with my 'aid'. Where a trolley is not to hand, I have to use my wheelchair.

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Richard Zacharzewski

Friday, July, 5th, 2019

Many supermarkets operate a policy where disabled and parent & child spaces in their car parks are interchangeable and this I feel is a good idea, which should be extended to all car parks nationally.

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kevin alexander

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

I believe that having the Photograph on the front of the badge would be very helpful. It would be most helpful if parking in a disabled bay without a blue badge , or misusing a Blue badge became a criminal offence.

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Lizzy

Thursday, July, 4th, 2019

I myself am a blue badge holder. I was somewhat amazed to hear people with mental health disabilities would soon be entitled to a blue badge. Now I think ‘people’ seem to think that just the word disability entitles you to a blue badge. It was set up for people who could not walk very far if at all. As horrible as it is,( I know as I suffer anxiety and depression as well as having to use a mobility scooter and sticks), but you still have use of your legs with both these conditions. I would love to be able to walk across a car park, or get out of a small parking space, where you cannot open your door fully to get in or out. I see the blue badge scheme being abused as it is. It’s impossible to get parking spaces for blue badges as it is, how on earth will the system cope if it’s rolled out to mental disabilities as well. I dispair and feel it is people like myself that the scheme was set up for and dearly need, will be the ones isolated and left house bound as we won’t be able to get a blue badge space. There is no way the current system can be all things to all people, it has to be kept for people who cannot walk, it is us who are being penalised. Don’t the say mild exercise and walking is good exercise for depression? So walking across the car park would surely help.

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Ann Macdonald

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I agree with Dave Curle, but I also think that the photograph should be facing the outside, if the photograph of the person is showing it may make it it more difficult for people to misuse because there is a clear indication of whose badge it is. We go to the beach and often see people (mainly elderly I have to say) sitting in the car to eat their sandwiches or ice creams. Quite often they aren’t even in the bays with a view. Completely pointless and a complete misuse especially for people who need the extra space, like myself, to get wheelchair access or to be able to get out of the car. Much more needs to be done. I also think if places charged (that would normally charge) for disabled parking it would be less likely to be abused as people aren’t getting any benefit. I know this may be an unpopular opinion.

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Peter Winstanley

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I know of someone who can walk OK and drive a car OK but has mental issues. The problem is as soon as he has parked the car he wants to get out. He just opens the car door and it may hit the car next to his. There is no time for the carer to get out and open the car for him. So he needs a wide disabled bay to prevent damage to other vehicles. Not all disabilities are obvious to an outsider. I think the photo should be on show so the authorities can check the person in the car is the person using the badge. I know some might have issues with having their photo on display, but until we have “smart disability badges” that the authorities can access remotely, I can’t see any other way.

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Alan Green

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

This is excellent news especially as people are ignoring signs which state that particular places are reserved for disabled parking.Its a pity that our top supermarkets cannot be more forthright in doing something to deter people from abusing their disabled parking spaces also.Iknow they put signs up threatening a £70 fine for abuse but I ve watched several times whilst shopping people simply ignoring the signs as no one enforces the ruling.

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Robert Heywood

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

I recently asked my local council (Cheshire East), in view of the legislation coming into force regarding the increase in eligibilty criteria for Blue Badges,what steps they were going to take to increse the number of blue badge spaces in their car parks, what extra checks they would be doing to reduce the abuse of parking spaces and how many prosecutions they have proceeded with in the last 12 months. I also asked how many badges had been cancelled due to abuse. Their reply was, as I expected, that they have no plans to increase the number of disabled parking spaces, they were not going to increase the 'policing' of blue badge abuse and that they had not prosecuted anyone nor removed anyones entitlement to a Blue Badge during the 2018/19 financial year. This makes a complete mockery of the responsibility that my local council has towards those people with disabilities. I think it would be a good idea if DMUK did a survey of all councils under the Freedom of Information Act askinf them the same questions that I have. My own view is that the photo of the disabled person should be on the front of the badge so that it can been seen immediately whether the badge holder is actually present.

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Nicholas Sutton

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

there are 2 simple soulutions to this: 1 if you have a motability car, then the blue badge should be renewed by the dealer that issyes the car. 2 if the badge is being misused photographic evidence should be enough, ( eg the badge holder sitting in the car while some else does the shopping.

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tom reaney

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

punish blue badge abusers/fraudsters harshly financially £50 and on the spot!

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Mervyn Wilmington

Tuesday, July, 2nd, 2019

The key to this is proper enforcement. After this responsibility was transferred from the police to civil enforcement officers, what was already a mediocre service, simply got worse. There are not enough enforcement staff by any measure. I remember reading a local authority report to members a few years ago, where the author made it clear that such was the dire situation financially, he recommended only deploying staff where there was likely to be prospect of sufficient penalties to generate income. Enforcement staff, even where they are generally deployed, will patrol an area for a week or two in the hope that where a few tickets have been issued the populace won't take the risk. However, they soon become cute about staff not being about and start parking again. Of course, none of this relates to the great abuse that happens in supermarket car parks and the like. Thus, it is not just matter of good intent, it is, as usual, one of resources.

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Derek Smith

Friday, July, 5th, 2019

I think the core purpose of the Blue Badge has a risk of being diluted. I think we need to go back to the basic requirement. If one looks at the “Policy paper – Blue Badge consultation summary of responses and government response. Published 29 July 2018”, “Part 1: introduction, section 3”. One will see that the point of the Blue Badge scheme is “primarily aimed at those who have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking”. So, is it a fault of the awarding mechanism? A need for a two tier system or something more complicated? I am sure you at DMUK can inject a perspective of reality and common sense into the proceedings.

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Kelli

Wednesday, July, 3rd, 2019

Think it's a brilliant idea more staff needed in Buckinghamshire checking on blue badges as the one thing that really gets me annoyed taxis deciding to park in a disabled bay most of them when I approach them will move but theres also the odd ball that wont so I then take photos as it's clear no disabled blue badge also I am very strong of the opinion just because you look young and seems theres nothing wrong unfortunately there is alot of HIDDEN DISABILITIES to ie- what I have fibromyalgia & rheumatoid arthritis which both are very painful might I add along with my daughter having Autism and I cant even get a badge for her so on that note dont judge a book by its cover !

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June

Friday, July, 5th, 2019

I always thought that the traffic wardens had a legal right to ask you to show the photo side of your blue badge. I have had a blue badge for years and never been challenged - and I would really welcome a traffic warden checking anyone’s blue badge. I have one of those fluctuating invisible illnesses and I only use a disabled bay when needed as enjoy the ability to walk when I can! Much stricter control of badges and proof of disability etc is needed to stop the ongoing fraudulent use

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Roy Lee

Sunday, July, 7th, 2019

This is much welcome news as more does need to be done to combat Blue Badge misuse, but I will believe it, when I see it. I lost count on how many times I see Blue Badge Parking abuse. Mostly by cars not displaying blue badges or out of date ones. Yet when you try and report them, you are then made to feel like you are the bad ones for reporting it. We often see service vehicles parked in Blue Badge bays including work vans and even police cars, which sets a bad example. I disagree with having a photo on the upper face of the Blue Badge, but if you look carefully on the serial number display on the front of the badge, this will contain a Y for a female or X for a male and also the DOB of the blue badge holder. This alone can be a tell tale sign if the Blue Badge is being used by the person getting out of the car or not. As for confronting anyone using a Blue Badge bay, this is illegal and classed as harassment. We are often on the receiving end of harassment from other Blue Badge users that pre-judge us before we manage to get out the Blue Badge and wife's wheelchair (We even get abuse when my wife is sat next to the car in her wheelchair, yes her wheelchair often makes her invisible). If you suspect someone is abusing a Blue Badge bay, then report it to the car park owner or to the local authority. Don't confront the Blue Badge user directly, otherwise you could be done for harassment.

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David Adams

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

A significant step in improving disabled parking abuse would be for the supermarkets to monitor their disabled spaces. Countless times I find the disabled spaces occupied by vehicles not displaying a blue badge and young people in new executive cars/ 4X4s . This is a daily occurrence. When this is pointed out Supermarket staff are either uninterested or short staffed.

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Brian

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

I have challenged many people in disabled bays near where I live usually young people eating Mc Donald’s meals and the usual response is who the f are you i will move when we have finished our meals and when I have tried to explain what the blue badge bays are for I get told to go away in a non friendly way. Very occasionally some people will say sorry then move. So I would like a camera enforced system used for all disabled areas with £100 fines for parking there and for these systems to be legalised in all supermarkets

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Melvin Hurley

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

Introducing more blue badge users without increasing spaces is going to be nightmare with more frustration, anger and potential hatred and violence in securing parking spaces. I'm already told by those without blue badges using spaces to "F..k off" told I should have been shot not given a car and free parking! Fraud is rife due to the design of the badge and how easy it is to abuse the system which is not policed. Illegal use of a blue badge space should be punishable by a big fine that recognises the value of the blue badge for parking over a 12 month period. The badge should be larger and the users photo printed on the side to be displayed on the windscreen with a clear statement "if the person on the photo is not travelling in the vehicle please take a photo and send it to xxxx for enforcement. The fine could be shared with the reporter. Abuse by blue badge users also needs to be addressed I regularly see drivers sitting in their vehicle in a blue badge space whilst someone else is benefitting by shopping etc whilst the badge owner sits in the car! More spaces, more use restrictions and much bigger fines for user abuse and very high fines for fraud use ie the cost of a years parking benefit such as £12 a day to park at a railway station times 5 days a week for 46 weeks = £2880.00

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Janet Ashenden

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

I have always thought that the photo of the user should be on the front and back of the card. Also, I think an icon to show the type of disability (Wheelchair / walking sticks for mobility, heart shape for heart/ breathing conditions, a hand if the person needs special care (ie dementia patient) etc

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Robert Yates

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

I have held a Blue badge ever since I had a quintuple heart bypass in February 1990. Not once has anyone asked to check whether I, as the driver, was the person whose photograph appears on the revers of my Blue badge. A good friend once told me that the Blue Badge went with the vehicle so anyone could drive it. This is not an uncommon opinion but is wholly wrong. The holder of the Blue Badge must be present as the driver or passenger in the car displaying the badge. I see a lot of apparently very fit people bouncing out of cars parked in disabled area so feel some checking on whose photograph is on the Blue Badge might reduce the improper use of Blue badges by people not entitle to them.

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David Rogers

Monday, July, 8th, 2019

It would be helpful if paying Councils £10.00 per year to now if what other councils we can use them in their car parks,also with more car parking barriers going up there is so much confusion when u enter and it open when you enter but when you leave u are asked to pay??.

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Lynda

Sunday, July, 14th, 2019

While I understand it is good for those with mental health issues to have a badge I fear there won't be enough spaces on car parks for those using a blue badge who cannot walk far, many of those with mental heath problems are very fit and able to walk further, but, they will be taking up the spaces closer to shops etc. There is a need for something to be done who abuse the system, but, those type of people will always find a way whatever is done. I was at my local hospital once when a young lady parked in a disabled bay and jumped out of her car, when I challenged her I was angrily told she had burnt her shoulder and was gong to A&E, given that she had driven herself and did not have a badge I reported her to the reception and they said this often happened, they did not attempt to make her move, I then went back to my car only to be met with an elderly man with a walker trying to get across the stone car park because there were no disabled spaces left on the tarmac. People who abuse the system have no idea of the affect they have on those who are genuine.

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Mike Brown

Sunday, July, 14th, 2019

The DFT, local councils and the police are NOT taking the matter seriously, certainly in my locality. There are delivery vans and taxis, as well as known fraudsters using the badges yet nothing is done. I reported one delivery van, one collecting and delivering commercial laundry to the County Council. I was told that there is nothing that they can do without the serial number off the blue badge as they cannot access who owns the vehicle from the number plate. Even if they could find out who it was they are powerless to act as they have no staff allocated to tackle this fraud. It would be nice if they were more open about this but frankly the DFT like everyone else, could not care less if some disabled folk are disadvantaged by this fraud and er is me thinking it was an offence to use the badge in this way. Like pavement parking, there is no will to tackle it as it will upset able bodied people.