The misuse of a Blue Badge and obtaining a Blue Badge by fraudulent means are very serious offence criminal offences.
A person found to be benefiting from a Blue Badge not issued to them could be prosecuted. This could mean they would have a criminal record and be fined up to £1000.
A person obtaining a Blue Badge by fraudulent means, such as providing false information when applying for a Blue Badge could also be prosecuted.
This could mean they would have a criminal record and fined up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months.
Currently a joint project is being carried out between the Dudley Parking Enforcement Teams and the Blue Badge Team. The on-street project is completing spot checks on Blue Badges being displayed in vehicles when parked.
If you are using a Blue Badge you may find that you asked to show your Blue Badge to a Parking Enforcement Officer, an uniformed member of the Blue Badge Team, or you may receive a telephone to confirm your whereabouts while your Blue Badge is on display.
The results of this project will be considered and future Blue Badge enforcement policies and projects will be formulated.
We would like to thank those who have already complied with requests to inspect badges and those who have received telephone calls from us. The response from genuine Blue Badge holders has been very positive and by addressing the misuse of Blue Badges we are maintaining the integrity of the scheme and ultimately making sure that those who need it are able to benefit from the scheme.
Watch this space for further developments in addressing Blue Badge misuse