UK blue badge parking penalties named – which area is the worst?
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According to the Uswitch, Milton Keynes narrowly topped the list with 5,962 total penalty charge notices, relating to a blue badge. This accounts for one blue badge parking offence per 41 people.
The city narrowly beat out Manchester which recorded just under 5,800.
Leeds, Birmingham and Colchester rounded out the top five.
The London borough with the most blue badge related penalties was Barking and Dagenham with 3,714, with 750 more offences than second placed Lambeth.
Barking and Dagenham have more blue badge offences than the 44 of the top 50 cities in the UK.
Cheshire West & Chester was the only council that gave out more off-street penalties than on-street notices.
Joel Kempson, a car insurance expert, said people parking in these spaces without a blue badge were taking liberties with those who actually use them.
He said: “The Blue Badge Scheme was introduced by the government to help those with severe mobility issues park close to where they need to go – allowing drivers to park on yellow lines for up to three hours or on the street for free where there are parking metres or disabled spaces.
“Drivers who abuse the Blue Badge policy could face a fine of up to £1,000. However, despite the risk of hefty penalties, it’s clear to see that the law is disregarded by many motorists, who will risk large fines simply to park for free or closer to their destination.
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“This behaviour is inconsiderate towards Blue Badge holders who require these spaces to travel independently and get from A to B.
“Misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme includes using badges that are no longer valid, use of a valid badge by a person who is not authorised and using a badge that has been reported lost or stolen.
“Policies are enforced by the local council in each area. Milton Keynes Council were the most effective enforcers, issuing more than 5,900 fines, the highest amount of penalties in the UK.
“If you are disabled, it is important to state this in your car insurance application, as failing to inform your insurance provider could result in your cover becoming invalidated.
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