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Crackdown On Blue Badge Fraud In Barnsley

Friday October 11 2013

A DEAD person's disabled parking badge has been returned to the Barnsley Council as part of a crackdown on 'blue badge' fraud.

The discovery was made by council and police officers during a two-day operation in September to tackle the misuse of blue disabled parking badges.

Parts of Barnsley town centre that were identified as being at high risk of blue badge fraud were visited by officers, including the multi-storey car park.

The exercise took place earlier this month when 51 badges were inspected by civil enforcement officers and police to ensure they were being used by the registered holder.

As a result of the operation the badge of a person who had died was returned to the council, one badge was confiscated and penalty charge notices were issued to eight vehicles displaying a disabled blue badge, despite the badge holder not being present.

Barnsley Council says abuse of the scheme deprives those in genuine need of parking spaces located close to amenities and shops.

"Parking spaces for disabled drivers are all over the town centre and, in my opinion, are largely respected," said Cllr Jenny Platts.

"However, the message from this scheme is clear - blue badges are meant to help disabled people and are not free parking passes for able-bodied drivers.

"While there are clearly cases where people have mistakenly used them incorrectly, where we find persistent misuse or fraudulent abuse of a blue badge we will take it away and may even be forced to prosecute."

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Reply Posted by switch on Friday October 11 2013 at 13:36
They should name and shame!!! Just the same as when people clearly with no children or even car seats in their car park in a parent and child space.

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday October 11 2013 at 17:14
Not the same at all. Disable people need assistance, kids are not disabilitating, why do they deserve to park nearer to ASDA than me !

Reply Posted by Craig on Friday October 11 2013 at 17:23
its common sense you idiot, put the kids nearest to the shop to avoide accidents.

Reply Posted by switch on Friday October 11 2013 at 17:53
As Craig has pointed out below you put children nearest to the shops to avoid accidents... i take it your one of the fat idle tw*ts that thinks its ok to park in a family space whilst on your own with no car seats in your car, no doubt to get your next bag of frozen pie and chips you muppet!

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday October 11 2013 at 21:29
Clearly you have never tried to get out of a car in a normal parking space with 3 kids and a double buggy !

Reply Posted by gail on Friday October 11 2013 at 13:38
About time something was done,

Reply Posted by Charles Hemingway on Friday October 11 2013 at 13:44
Still not enough been done I am in the minority that acutely pay road tax in our street, and I know them that has got the badges use the cars for other purposes, time they cracked down more

Reply Posted by Wendy on Friday October 11 2013 at 15:07
My Mum sadly passed away this year and first thing we did was hand her badge back in straight away...it's a total disgrace all years she had the badge it was solely used for her purposes ....not mine or anyone else...name and shame

Reply Posted by lee c on Friday October 11 2013 at 22:08
Just to add a wishful thought, it wouldn't be so bad if disabled people ( not all mind ) use the bays provided for them....and not think they ave the right to park outside the entrance of asda!!!! But I genuinely do think its low and disgusting that a person uses a dead persond belongings to commit fraud. Sicko's

Reply Posted by haha on Sunday October 13 2013 at 20:14
And all for a parking spot - how pathetic. Be grave robbing next!!

Reply Posted by Lover lover on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 19:09
My sons 5 n autistic so is disabled why cant i use disabled spaces course its common sense to put kids first !!!!! Its ignorant folk like them who make us feel bad cos we using famy spaces ! Bet he ant got kids

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 19:11
shame and name them. we lost our mum last year and returned hers when we sorted everything out. no excuses. take them away from them.

Reply Posted by Delta on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 19:19
Fraud with blue badges happens in a daily basis, the news headline above is particularly bad!, but what about people who borrow or use their family members badge?.
Only yesterday a bloke cut me up to get into a family parking space at asda, I waited behind him so obviously he then struggled by shuffling in his seat and using the car door frame to climb out of the car!!. If you need to do that, surly you shouldn't even be driving!!.
They then forget who u are a walk nice as pie when then seen inside!!

Reply Posted by Simon on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 19:23
They ought to enforce that holders of blue badges use disabled parking spaces in supermarket car parks. Lots of lazy people who can't be bothered to park in normal spaces and walk, also those that park in drop off sections outside supermarket entrance whilst they do their shopping piss me off.

Reply Posted by pev on Thursday June 11 2015 at 15:56
do the council enforce this law anywhere else in the borough ?apart from barnsley town.ie supermarkets,doctors,etc.