Reading Borough Council says it takes the problem of blue badge fraud seriously - and it’s committed to fining or prosecuting people who try and cheat the system.
The local authority’s issued a fresh warning to drivers to make sure those who think they’re applicable for the scheme use it properly.
New figures show the council’s successfully prosecuted 9 people for blue badge fraud since April 2015, with 17 badges also taken out of circulation because they were misused.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“The Blue Badge scheme is in place to help provide freedom for people with limited mobility by allowing them to park close to their homes or their destination. Blue Badge misuse undermines the system and takes spaces away from those who genuinely need them.
“Reading Borough Council regularly carries out successful prosecutions for Blue Badge fraud, contrary to recent media reports suggesting it doesn’t.
“Prosecutions of this type are of course resource intensive, in terms of gathering the necessary evidence and proving intent, and can take many months to get to court.
“The Council will also remove inappropriately used Blue Badges from circulation and where necessary fine those who are found to be misusing a blue badge.”