Laura Sharman 05 December 2019

Prosecutions for Blue Badge fraud up by 18% in past year

A third of councils in England do not have a policy in place to prosecute people for Blue Badge fraud, new figures have revealed today.

The report, published by the Department for Transport, shows there were 1,432 prosecutions in 2018/19 for the misuse of the permits, up by nearly 18% on the previous year.

The annual survey also shows 33% of councils do not have a policy in place to prosecute fraudsters, although 65% of these are planning on implementing one in the future.

The report added: ‘Of the authorities which had a policy for prosecuting, 61% prosecuted individuals for misuse of Blue Badges. The remaining 39% had no prosecutions despite having a policy.’

Nearly all the prosecutions (99%) were due to someone using another’s person’s permit.

The latest figures show 2.29 million motorists in England have a Blue Badges, which is 4.1% of the population.

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