Crackdown on blue badge cheats

Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch 26.9.13 KIRKINTILLOCH. Disabled spaces in Barleybank car park.
Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch 26.9.13 KIRKINTILLOCH. Disabled spaces in Barleybank car park.

Drivers who are misusing disabled persons’ parking badges are living on borrowed time, with a major crackdown only weeks away.

East Dunbartonshire Council are set to receive strengthened enforcement powers on March 30 when the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 becomes law, with chiefs promising a “zero tolerance approach”.

It will give local authorities the power to cancel Blue Badges which have been reported lost or stolen and confiscate badges that are being misused.

Both Community Wardens and other non-uniformed officers will have the power to inspect a badge and ensure it’s being used by the correct person.

If it’s being used fraudulently the badge will be confiscated, with the guilty party facing possible prosecution.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, convenor of the council’s social work committee, said: “People should be in no doubt that a zero tolerance approach will be adopted and any misuse of a Blue Badge is likely to lead to confiscation and the risk of prosecution.

“Misusing a Blue Badge is illegal and socially unacceptable, and targeting those who use someone else’s badge for their own gain will send out a strong message and free up parking spaces for genuine badge holders.”