Council’s Blue Badge fraud work wins award
Fraudsters beware! Hammersmith & Fulham Council has the best Blue Badge fraud team in London.
The council remains top of the charts for blue badge prosecutions in the capital for the third year running.
In 2016-17, 141 prosecutions were made. The next best-performing council in London was Newham with 51 blue badge prosecutions.
And now, H&F Council parking team, alongside BBFI and the Met Police, have won the Parking Partnerships Award at the British Parking Awards last week for their anti-fraud work.
“Blue badges are a vital lifeline for our Disabled residents,” said Kim Dero, Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Council. “The continual clampdown on blue badge misuse is part of our determined effort to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of Disabled residents. We won’t stand for people abusing the privileges of the blue badge in our borough.”
H&F Council’s fraud team works alongside the Met Police in joint patrols across the borough.
Their work helps Disabled motorists to park in busy areas such as around Westfield, the three football stadiums in H&F and other hotspots where people routinely abuse the use of blue badges – particularly at weekends when half of the blue badge seizures are made.
Disabled people’s charity, Action on Disability, gave a firm thumbs up to the teams work too. Their peer support officer, Andrew Farrow says: “Having a very proactive enforcement team in the borough ensures that badge-designated parking spaces are not abused by non-badge drivers which can prove to be a major issue in many other boroughs. A blue badge enables Disabled residents to be as independent as possible in accessing vital and day-to-day services and facilities in the borough.”