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Council reminds public blue badge misuse is CRIMINAL offence

PUBLISHED: 15:10 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:11 20 April 2016

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Council car park enforcement is being stepped up

People who fail to use a blue badge properly are at risk fo fines as the council plans to step up its enforcement against abusers of the system.

On-street parking enforcement action is being stepped up by the council as well as council operated car parks.

Relatives and friends of blue-badge owners are being told that a criminal conviction could await them if they are caught misusing the badge, which is given out to those with disabilities.

Even running an errand on behalf of the badge holder could see them convicted.

A spokesperson from Bexley council said: “We would urge blue badge holders to be certain that their badge is being used correctly on each and every occasion and only when they are present, if they are not the driver.

“Any driver considering misusing a badge should be warned that by doing so, they are committing a criminal act and could face the consequences in court.”

Those who misuse a blue badge can face a fine of up to £1,000.

Anyone who has information or concerns about Blue Badge misuse can report it online at www.bexley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge or call in confidence on 020 8313 4800.

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