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Councils fail to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits

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Councils fail to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits

Published at 8:54am 31st December 2018. (Updated at 9:43am 31st December 2018)

Most councils failed to prosecute a single motorist for misusing disabled parking permits in the last year - and that includes Hampshire.

That's despite soaring numbers of thefts of blue badges, according to statistics from the Department for Transport..

Some authorities like Surrey don't currently have a policy to prosecute.  However, last year, 38 permits were stolen in Surrey; the highest number for an authority in the South East.

Hampshire Council does have a prosecution policy.  36 badges were stolen across the county last year but there were no prosecutions.  

Campaigner Mike Scarlet, who had his permit stolen numerous times said:  "I came down one day to find my entire windscreen gone and a traffic warden putting a ticket on MY car.

"What's funny, is that if I was fraudulently using the badge, I would be less likely to get a parking ticket than I was with no windscreen and an obviously stolen badge."

The Local Government Association says councils only have limited resources.

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