After 29 people were found using a deceased person’s blue badge, the council issued a ‘appalling’ warning to drivers.
DRIVERS are being reminded that using a dead person’s blue badge, as seen in Nottingham, might result in prosecution.
Yesterday, enforcement officers in Nottingham saw a vehicle and presented it with a ticket. Following the death of a badge holder, it has now been revealed that a total of 29 people in the city have been caught using a blue badge this year alone.
Disabled drivers and passengers can park closer to their destination with a blue badge parking permit.
A blue badge in England costs up to £10, is somewhat more expensive in Scotland at £20, and is free in Wales.
They should be returned after three years if they are no longer needed.
Drivers must reapply for a blue badge before their current one expires, and it normally lasts up to three years.
A spokeswoman for Nottingham City Council denounced the use of a blue badge after someone had died.
“Blue badges are supplied to make travel easier for persons with disabilities, and they should be returned after three years if they are no longer required,” they stated.
“Unfortunately, this is the 29th badge discovered this year that has been used after the badge holder’s death.
“Using a dead person’s badge is a heinous misuse of the system, and acts like this have a major impact on legitimate users.
“We are vigorously pursuing individuals who misuse blue badges and will continue to prosecute those who do so.”
“Anyone who comes to the city and fraudulently uses a cancelled badge will very certainly be found.
“We may issue a penalty charge notice, remove the vehicle, or prosecute them as a result of this,” they told Nottinghamshire Live.
Surprisingly, there have been numerous cases of people exploiting a deceased person’s blue badge over the years.
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A Southampton man was penalised £3,150 last month for parking with a handicapped badge belonging to a deceased individual.
He was found guilty of three counts of misusing a blue badge and one count of failing to produce a blue badge.
In another example, a Kent lady was fined £982 for attempting to evade paying a council fine by using her deceased grandmother’s blue badge permission. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”