Fines, court costs and victim surcharges totalling more than £6,000 were given to nine drivers using stolen or falsified badges to park on streets around the borough.
Blue Badges are given to disabled people to park close to their destination, allowing them to live independently and go about their daily lives more easily. Using a Blue Badge fraudulently is a crime that can carry a fine of up to £1,000. It is a serious problem across London and Islington has been proactively using a variety of measures to check the validity of Blue Badges.
Seven drivers were convicted of using stolen Badges, another for using an expired Badge and one for using a Badge belonging to a deceased person. Drivers were ordered to pay a fine of up to £666 with costs up to £356 and a victim surcharge of up to £85.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment & transport, said: “Islington will not tolerate the wilful and fraudulent abuse of disabled Blue Badges. Our actions sends a clear message to those attempting to abuse a system that is in place to help those who need to access on-street parking.
“Blue Badge fraud is unacceptable - using a stolen Badge or that of somebody who is deceased is entirely selfish and reduces the spaces available for genuine Badge holders. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that disabled bays are being used by those who need them most.
“The council receives a high number of complaints and I am pleased to say that we are undertaking more work to verify the use of Blue Badges that will ultimately result in more convictions like this.”
For more information on the Blue Badge scheme in Islington, click here. https://www.islington.gov.uk/parking/where-to-park/parking-for-disabled-people
To report suspected Blue Badge fraud, call us on 020 7527 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org