Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Offenders Escape Penalties for Abuse of Disabled Passes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Offenders Escape Penalties for Abuse of Disabled Passes

Article excerpt

MOST councils failed to take action against a single motorist for misusing disabled parking permits in the past 12 months despite thefts soaring, figures show.

Ninety-four out of 152 English local authorities (62 per cent) did not pursue anyone for abusing the blue badge scheme in 2017/18, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data.

This includes 31 councils who did not catch anyone despite claiming to have a policy for prosecuting offenders.

Local authorities in Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Shropshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth and Reading were among those to record zero prosecutions.

Almost every case involving the 1,215 prosecutions which were launched involved drivers using someone else's blue badge. …

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