Blue badge fraud up 18%, say official figures
Prosecutions for misuse of blue badges increased by nearly 18% in the last financial year in England, new figures have shown.
There were 1,432 prosecutions between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, according to a Department for Transport report.
But slightly more than a third (34%) of local authorities do not have a policy for prosecuting those who misuse badges, the release noted.
This is lower than in the previous year. But of the councils still without a policy only 65% are planning on implementing one in the future.
Most of the prosecutions (69%) were in London, and 99% involved non-badge holders using another person’s badge.
The North-East, the Midlands and East Anglia were the regions with the fewest prosecutions, each with fewer than 50 over the year.
DfT’s data shows the number of people with blue badges has dropped in recent years.
As of 31 March 2019, 4.1% of the population held a valid badge, down from 4.2% the previous year and 5% in 2010
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