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Crackdown on Blue Badge Cheats
by Parish Council on Thursday 10 May 2012

Derbyshire County Council launched a crackdown on Monday 2 April and people found using a Blue Badge when they shouldn't be could be fined up to £1,000. Blue Badges are issued to people with severe mobility problems and a badge holder can display their badge in their car or any vehicle they are travelling in, to park closer to where they need to be, often for free. 

You shouldn't use a Blue Badge if:  

− it doesn't belong to you − you must not borrow it or use it after someone has died
− the badge holder is not with you in the car, including when you are parking
− you no longer qualify for the badge or it is out-of-date.

There are currently 52,000 Blue Badge holders across the county and around 5,000 new applications are approved each year.   

In January changes were introduced to the Blue Badge scheme as part of the Government's national initiative called the Blue Badge Reform Programme. 

The reform programme aims to improve administration of the Blue Badge scheme, making it easier to stop fraudulent production and illegal use of the badges and ensuring only genuine users benefit. Information on all new applicants is now held on a national database and the new Blue Badge is of a higher specification, making it more difficult to copy.

The application process has also changed and people applying or re-applying for badges must now have a full assessment. In January the county council launched a three month amnesty, urging people who had a Blue Badge they shouldn't have to hand it in.    

The amnesty ended on 1st April with the crackdown starting the next day.  Hot spots where disabled people have reported misuse of Blue Badges are being targeted and parking enforcement officers will check that the Blue Badge holder is with the car it is being displayed in.  

People caught misusing the badge risk having it taken off them and the maximum fine for someone using it illegally is £1,000. 

People can report Blue Badge cheats by phoning Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or they can email    

For a reminder of the Blue Badge rules people can visit the county council's website at

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