Abuse of the Blue Badge scheme

The blue badge scheme is designed to improve access for disabled people. Sadly it is also subject to various types of abuse. Offenders can be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1000 on conviction. Badges can also be withdrawn after a conviction. 

Report abuse of the Blue Badge scheme

Some of the ways the scheme can be abused are listed below. 

By the badge holder:

  • Parking in the wrong place or for too long when there is a time limit
  • Use of a badge that is no longer valid
  • Use of a badge that has been reported as lost or stolen
  • Letting a friend or relative use the badge
  • Using a fake or copied badge
  • Altering the details on a badge, for example the expiry date
  • Making a fraudulent blue badge application

By a third party:

  • Using someone else’s badge (with or without their knowledge) without the badge holder being present at the time
  • Using a badge belonging to someone who has died
  • Copying, altering or faking a badge
  • Using a stolen badge
  • Using a fake badge


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