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Lambeth council stamps out blue badge parking abuses

Lambeth Council has won an Effective Enforcement Award at the 2012 Disabled Motoring UK Awards for its determined effort to stamp out fraudulent misuse of Blue Badge disabled parking rights within the borough.

The Blue Badge Fraud team at Lambeth Council have achieved excellent results by policing the Blue Badge Scheme in the area they cover.  In 2011, working in partnership with Croydon Council, they uncovered 138 incidents of Blue Badge fraud. Ten individuals were prosecuted and 75 fraudulent Blue Badge were taken out of circulation.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services in Lambeth, said: “I’m proud that Lambeth is tackling the disgraceful abuse of Blue Badge parking head on. This recognition from a leading disability charity reminds us that the actual victims of Blue Badge fraud are disabled drivers who legitimately hold badges. Our tough action on enforcement sends a clear signal that this blatant misuse of blue badge parking privileges by non-disabled drivers is totally unacceptable.”

Helen Dolphin, Director of Policy and Campaigns, who spent the day with the Blue Badge Fraud Team in Lambeth, said: “On the day I spent with the team, we discovered five badges being misused and four vehicles towed away. It was great to see a local authority tackling this problem and sending out the message that Blue Badge misuse is totally unacceptable.”

The awards ceremony took place at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire on Thursday 27 September.

For more information please contact:           

Jemima Broadbridge, Press Officer, Lambeth Council on 020 7926 0473, jbroadbridge@lambeth.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

1.         The Effective Enforcement Award celebrates and recognises those people and organisations that have made a positive contribution to the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities, and inspired them to live life to the full, regardless of their individual circumstances. The scheme is open to all local authority and private operators that enforce the Blue Badge Scheme.

 2.         Disabled Motoring UK information

Disabled Motoring UK is a national campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

They lobby government and businesses to improve parking, refuelling and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need. Disabled Motoring UK is not just an organisation for disabled motorists; we also campaign for and support scooter and wheelchair users, families and carers.

Their continuing campaigns include: the abuse of disabled parking bays, the reform of the Blue Badge scheme, accessibility of city centres, and the lack of parking at healthcare facilities. Disabled Motoring UK will continue to co-ordinate the successful ‘Baywatch’ campaign, which surveys the abuse of disabled parking space in supermarkets across the UK and encourages retailers to improve their provision and enforcement of Blue Badge bays.

The full list of Award Winners for 2012 is as follows:

•           O.A Denly Memorial Award – Spartacus Report

•           Mobility Sport Award – Jubilee Sailing Trust

•           Get Going Award – Aaron Morgan

•           Best Parking Award – District Enforcement Ltd

•           Effective Enforcement – Lambeth Council

•           Extra-mile Dealership – Ford Stockport

•           Mobility Products – Observer 4×4 power chair and The TravelChair

•           Accessible Days Out – The SS Great Britain

•           Happy Holidays – Irton House Farm

•           DMUK Magazine Writers’ Award – Arthur Bell

•           Baywatch – Morrisons and Sainsbury’s

 

 

 

 

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