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Suspected misuse

 We take all allegations of misuse very seriously, however sometimes 'genuine use' can misjudged as 'misuse'.

Before you report misuse

Before making a report, it is important that you're aware of some common misunderstandings:

  • the badge is issued to a person, and can be used in any vehicle they travel in

  • badge-holders don't have to be in the vehicle when it is parked, as long as they are being picked-up or dropped-off from the location

  • badge-holders don't always have a physical disability. They may hold a badge due to severe behavioural problems, which makes it unsafe for them to walk long distances

  • badge-holders can be any age. Even children under 3 can hold a badge, when bulky medical equipment (like ventilators and oxygen) needs to be close by, or if they need urgent access to a vehicle in order to receive medical treatment

  • some badge-holders have been given a badge because they are terminally ill, and their mobility is expected to increasingly worsen

  • Blue Badges do not apply to 'off-road' parking areas, like supermarkets, hospitals, and privately owned roads, so misuse in these areas should be reported to the relevant company or organisation

Report suspected misuse

Before you start:

We'd like as much information as possible to help us with our investigations, such as:

  • name of the badge-holder
  • badge serial number
  • times and locations that the misuse often takes place
  • vehicle details (e.g. model, make and colour)
  • a description of the person using the badge (if they aren't the badge-holder)

If you wish to upload any evidence, like social media screen-shots or short video footage, please be aware that this may be used in court proceedings.

Report misuse 

 

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