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Sussex fraudsters use blue badges belonging to dead

The Argus: Fraudsters use blue badges belonging to dead Fraudsters use blue badges belonging to dead

Scores of motorists were caught fraudulently using blue disabled badges last year including some belonging to people who had died.

Councils across Sussex revealed they caught more than 140 people using the badges, which are issued to disabled people to help them park nearer to local facilities and for free in some car parks, when they should not have been.

Investigators found dishonest drivers defrauded councils by tampering with information on badges, making copies of them, using badges that were expired or stolen, using badges that belonged to friends or relatives and even three cases of using badges that belonged to the deceased.


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West Sussex County Council recorded 90 incidents of misuse in 2013, the majority of which were dealt with by issuing warning letters.

Brighton and Hove City Council said it passed 40 cases of misuse or fraud to Sussex Police in 2013 for investigation, but could not provide further detail as it was changing the way it investigated such cases.

East Sussex County Council said it removed 12 badges from circulation as a result of proven misuse or fraud and issued parking fines as way of punishment.

Additionally, the authority said a total of 302 badge holders were assessed in clinic that year and were not renewed because they were no longer eligible.

East Sussex County Council said although the number of blue badges the authority seized was a small proportion to the total in circulation, the scale of fraudulent use of badges was “likely to be much greater”.

A spokesman added: “We have recently been working very hard with our own parking enforcement officers, police officers and PCSOs to train them to spot badges which may be being misused.

“We also regularly hold action days, the most recent of which was held in January, where we join forces with the police and bailiffs to target blue badge misuse in a particular area.

“Misuse of a blue badge is a criminal offence and people who cheat the system are cheating the vast majority of motorists who obey the rules, and taking up spaces which are needed by genuine blue badge holders.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council added: “West Sussex has an integrated approach to managing blue badges.

“There is increasing co-operation between neighbouring authorities, and the development of a national database for blue badges has really helped.”

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6:43am Fri 11 Apr 14

rogerthefish says...

Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle .
Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle . rogerthefish
  • Score: 9

7:37am Fri 11 Apr 14

TocToc1 says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle .
There is a photo and the badge can be used in any car. Not all disabled own there own transport
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle .[/p][/quote]There is a photo and the badge can be used in any car. Not all disabled own there own transport TocToc1
  • Score: 4

8:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

pachallis says...

TocToc1 wrote:
rogerthefish wrote:
Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle .
There is a photo and the badge can be used in any car. Not all disabled own there own transport
But AFAIK if the actual holder of the badge is not either driving or being transported in the vehicle then they should not be parked in the special areas.
[quote][p][bold]TocToc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Simple why not a photo of the holder and car registration on badge, and disposal of car if it's not the person in photo in said vehicle .[/p][/quote]There is a photo and the badge can be used in any car. Not all disabled own there own transport[/p][/quote]But AFAIK if the actual holder of the badge is not either driving or being transported in the vehicle then they should not be parked in the special areas. pachallis
  • Score: 10

9:11am Fri 11 Apr 14

CatoTheCat says...

Check the West St disabled bays - usually full of brand new 4x4s containing very healthy looking occupants.
Check the West St disabled bays - usually full of brand new 4x4s containing very healthy looking occupants. CatoTheCat
  • Score: 11

9:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

SEAGULL08 says...

I have spoken to wardens countless times about this, they have told me they are powerless to do anything (or can't be bothered). When will this council wake up to the lost revenue from this fraud...
I have spoken to wardens countless times about this, they have told me they are powerless to do anything (or can't be bothered). When will this council wake up to the lost revenue from this fraud... SEAGULL08
  • Score: 6

12:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Man of steel says...

Since when was The London Borough Of Hounslow in Sussex?
Since when was The London Borough Of Hounslow in Sussex? Man of steel
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

melee says...

Dealt with by issuing warning letters? Big deal. You are supposed to get £1000 fine for misuse of a blue badge.

Having the car registration on the badge wouldn't work as people might need to accept lifts from friends and family, but I can't see a reason why the photo couldn't be clearly visible instead of on the back. It would make it a lot more difficult for people to 'borrow' badges from relatives.
Dealt with by issuing warning letters? Big deal. You are supposed to get £1000 fine for misuse of a blue badge. Having the car registration on the badge wouldn't work as people might need to accept lifts from friends and family, but I can't see a reason why the photo couldn't be clearly visible instead of on the back. It would make it a lot more difficult for people to 'borrow' badges from relatives. melee
  • Score: 2

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