Crackdown on Blue Badge abuse

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Motorists illegally using Blue Badges to park in disabled bays and avoid parking charges were the target for enforcement teams in a day of action.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) teamed up with Sussex Police and NSL, which manages parking on behalf of the county council, in a crackdown on the misuse of Blue Badges across Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes district.

The action day was part of Operation Bluebird, a joint initiative between ESCC, police and Brighton and Hove City Council, which includes the recruitment of two dedicated officers to take action on Blue Badge fraud.

Hundreds of checks were made on Blue Badges on Wednesday, February 25, and 10 were seized from drivers who were not entitled to use them.

ESCC lead member for transport and environment, Cllr Carl Maynard said they were pleased with the action day results, adding: “We believe this is only the tip of the iceberg, as we estimate there are many more Blue Badges being misused across East Sussex. We hope this day of action has sent out a clear message to anyone using a Blue Badge they are not entitled to use, that we will take action and protect the rights of those genuinely needing to use disabled parking.”

Mark Hoskin, NSL’s Local Government Director, said: “Blue Badges are meant only for the named motorist with a disability. They are issued to make their lives easier. Blue Badge misuse makes it harder for them, and we will continue to work to help stamp it out.”

Operation Bluebird will continue over the next two years. To report the misuse of Blue Badges call 01323 464244.