Action against abuse of disabled badge scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 October 2016

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A crackdown on mis-use of disabled parking badges will be carried out in Weston in October.

North Somerset Council says there has been an increase in abuse of the blue badges of late, and warn drivers that such conduct could land them with a fine of up to £1,000.

Mis-use includes using an out-of-date badge, a copy, or using it when the owner is not present.

Deputy council leader Elfan Ap Rees said officers confiscated 12 badges that are being investigated for mis-use in just one weekend.

He said: “This has an effect on genuine blue badge holders but also upsets the general public.

“We are therefore introducing a temporary amnesty to give those with invalid or expired blue badges a final chance. After that officers will be cracking down hard with prosecutions for fraudulent use.”

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