Cars seized in Merton for illegal Blue Badge use
By adam_leone | Monday, December 03, 2012, 12:13
Three cars have been seized in the last week, because their owners were displaying Blue Badges Illegally.
Merton Council civil enforcement officers joined forces with the Metropolitan Police to carry out checks in Wimbledon on cars displaying blue badges.
Penalty Charge Notices were issued to the drivers and police officers seized two cars, three illegally used blue badges and made one arrest.
The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking and other motoring concessions for people who are registered blind or have severe mobility problems.
Abuse of the scheme deprives residents, visitors to the borough and businesses of parking spaces and impacts on the reputation of the Blue Badge scheme and genuine blue badge holders.
Merton Council cabinet member for performance and Implementation Councillor Mark Betteridge said: "Blue Badges should only be used by those who are eligible."
"People who illegally display them in their vehicle should beware, because we will not tolerate abuse of the scheme."
A section on Blue Badges is includes in the council's enforcement policy, which can be found at: www.merton.gov.uk/parking_enforcement_policy.pdf