A man who was prosecuted for using a Blue Badge fraudulently has been fined, as Milton Keynes Council vows to crack down on those abusing the system.
The Springfield resident failed to attend court, but was fined £135 in his absence, ordered to pay a £20 ‘victim surcharge’ and the council was awarded £360 prosecution costs.
A council spokesperson said: “We undertake regular operations to check Blue Badge use and in this case the badge was seen being displayed on this man’s car in Central Milton Keynes for several days and found the badge holder wasn’t present.
“Blue Badges allow disabled or otherwise vulnerable people the freedom to park with relative ease, and it’s simply not on for people to abuse this scheme.
“We carry out regular checks of disabled parking areas, in order to ensure that there is adequate parking provision for those people in genuine need.”
If members of the public wish to report suspected Blue Badge fraud, parking permit fraud, Council Tax fraud or Housing Tenancy fraud they can call the Milton Keynes Service Partnership Fraud Hotline on 01908 253587, alternatively email the fraud team at fraud_central @milton-keynes.gov.uk or write to the fraud team, Internal Audit, Civic Offices.
For more details of how and what to refer to the fraud team, please see the Council website.