Database cracks down on disabled badge fraud

A new database will crack down on motorists using fake disabled badges.

A new database will crack down on motorists using fake disabled badges.

The database will give parking attendants the ability to issue parking tickets or tow cars with false blue disabled badges in them.

Fake badges are sometimes used by motorists to avoid paying parking fines. London's borough councils and Transport for London (TfL) are launching the crackdown, with trials starting next month.

The database will hold serial numbers of any badges reported lost or stolen, and parking attendants will be able to check to see if suspicious looking badges are on there.

To begin with, attendants will ring their main office where staff will check the system for them. But a spokesman for the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee said they hope to eventually enable attendants to check using their hand-held devices used for dispensing tickets.

A three-month trial of the scheme begins in October. It will run in Camden, Croydon, Kensington and Chelsea, Islington, Tower Hamlets and on TfL's Red Route network, which covers 580km of roads. It aims to roll the scheme out across London early next year.

Chairman of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee, Cllr Daniel Moylan, said, "Anyone fraudulently using a blue badge in London should be left in no doubt that their actions will not be tolerated and that we are doing everything we can to catch them."

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