Twenty people in Nottingham hand in blue badges under amnesty

A blue badge amnesty in Nottingham has led to 21 people handing in badges, including one belonging to a person who had died, 19 expired and one cancelled badge.

More than 20 motorists who may have been fraudulently using blue badges in Nottingham have seen the error of their ways and handed them over.

The motorists have been responding to Nottingham Community Protection’s Blue Badge amnesty which took place in November

The amnesty gave drivers who had been using the badges to park in disabled bays and avoid parking charges, the month of November to hand them in at local city libraries.

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services said: “We are pleased that our blue badge amnesty has encouraged these motorists to change their behaviour and hand over the blue badges.

“The amnesty, combined with our penalty charge notices and prosecution of persistent offenders, is proving to be an effective way to reduce blue badge fraud and ensure that parking spaces are available for those who genuinely need them.”

There are about 10,000 blue badges in Nottingham. The Audit Commission estimated that 20 per cent of blue badges are misused.

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, successfully piloted a bill through Parliament to make it easier for councils to tackle blue badge fraud.

 

 

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