Motorists using someone else’s Blue Badge and abusing the system is a common problem in the parking industry. It may not seem like a big deal to many motorists however they fail to realise that they could be causing a huge hindrance to someone who needs that disabled bay. Disabled bays exist for a reason and motorists should not be abusing the system put in place to help disabled motorists/passengers. Many motorist also fail to realise that by doing this they are committing a criminal offence.
A man was convicted of fraud after using his late mothers blue badge not knowing it was illegal to do so. Click here to read more.
Many people do not know that this is illegal. Another common misconception is believing you can use your blue badge anywhere! Many Blue badge holders may see a disabled parking sign and presume they can use the bay, this is not always the case, especially on private land. We have had many cases where motorists will question the charge they have received as they have displayed their blue badge however, the restriction states the bay is only for visitors at a specific venue, meaning not anyone can use it. The blue badge scheme has different ruling for private sites and car parks, all of this information can be found in your blue badge handbook.
For more information regarding the rights and responsibilities for Blue badge holders please visit www.gov.uk