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Taking a stand against Blue Badge fraud

Tom Gallagher invites councils across Britain to join the 3rd Annual National Blue Badge Day of Action on 24 May

Tom Gallagher
10 April 2024
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The National Blue Badge Day of Action is a critical initiative uniting all UK councils in a unified commitment to rigorously enforce the Blue Badge scheme.

It is a day where participating councils intensify enforcement, increase public awareness, and educate communities on the correct usage of Blue Badges. This initiative is instrumental in protecting the rights of disabled motorists and ensuring reserved parking spaces are used properly, enhancing accessibility and independence for disabled individuals.

As we approach the third year of the event on Friday 24 May, I am pleased to report an increasing number of councils joining this vital cause. Last year, we saw participation from 82 councils and received notable commendations from Richard Holden MP, the then minister roads and local transport.

This collective effort not only underscores our dedication to uphold the Blue Badge scheme’s integrity but also significantly impacts national disability rights and accessibility.

Last year’s event was a remarkable success, with hundreds of officers mobilising across the UK to conduct Blue Badge inspections. In an extensive effort, approximately 50,000 vehicles were inspected, leading to the identification of hundreds of fraudulently used or misused Blue Badges.

This year, we aim to surpass these achievements by intensifying our efforts, inspecting an even greater number of vehicles and badges. Our goal is not just to enforce but to significantly enhance the efficacy of the Blue Badge scheme, ensuring it benefits those it’s intended for.

The participation of all local authorities in this day of action is not just valuable, it is vital. It embodies a commitment to equality, accessibility, and fairness within our communities. Together, let’s send a strong message that misuse of Blue Badges will not be tolerated, and that we stand united in our resolve to ensure justice and convenience for those who rely on these provisions the most.

We are immensely honoured that our event has the support of the British Parking Association (BPA), Disability Motoring UK (DMUK) and London Councils. This collaboration underscores our commitment to excellence and inclusivity in Blue Badge enforcement.

Together, we can work towards a more accessible and equitable community. One that champions the cause of disabled motorists and creating a more inclusive society.

Making a collective commitment

We plan to engage with media outlets to get broader exposure. Councils are encouraged to actively promote participation in the Blue Badge Day of Action through local and social media by reaching out to stakeholders and the community. This not only raises awareness but also celebrates our collective commitment to supporting disabled motorists.

Please use this year’s logo in any social media posts and the following hashtag: #NationalBlueBadgeDayofAction2024

Tom Gallagher is parking fraud and highways enforcement manager at the London Borough of Lambeth

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