Why Education is better than a Warning Letter
- During the founders time as a Corporate Anti-Fraud Team (CAFT) investigator, a third year law student from the local university was interviewed.
- The student had displayed his sister’s child badge and was gaining a parking concession. Upon further checks, the student was interviewed under caution and subsequently admitted that it wasn’t his first time using the blue badge this way. The student genuinely thought it was okay to use the badge to drop his sister to school and then to use it to go to university
- A warning letter was issued to the student and the matter was closed. Four months later the same student was found to be misusing the same badge on the same car. He was later prosecuted under Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
- During the IUC interview, the student genuinely thought it was okay to use that badge in that way and the complete rules of the blue badge scheme was not explained to him.
- The problem with issuing a Warning Letter is that the individual is not held accountable that they have actually read the rules of the blue badge scheme.
- The Blue Badge learning workshop was set up to genuinely educate offenders, highlighting the consequences for drivers who unintentionally misuse the blue badge.
- From our experience, once someone has the rules explained to them, it would really make them stop and think twice before attempting to misuse the Blue Badge again.