Badge misuse crackdown

Motorists misusing Blue Badges in East Sussex will be targeted as part of a Government-funded crackdown.

East Sussex County Council, in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police, won £183,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to help free up spaces for disabled drivers.

The money, along with an additional investment from both local authorities, will be used to track down people who are misusing the badges which are issued to disabled people so that they can park more easily.

Two Blue Badge fraud investigation officers will be employed and operate across the county to improve detection and share intelligence.

Councillor Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “Blue Badge fraud is widespread nationally, not just in the county and it is affecting those genuinely entitled to the benefits of the scheme. The Audit Commission estimates that 20 per cent of Blue Badges are misused and to tackle this level of fraud, we need to introduce more robust enforcement.”