Prosecuting Blue Badge holders

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0937
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I was shocked to hear that Transport for London are prosecuting blue badge holders who seek to protect their property. You will be aware that blue badges are unfortunately attractive to thieves. The stress and inconvenience to the disabled owner includes applying for a new badge and also dealing with damage to their car that the thieves caused to steal the badge. In 2010/11 alone 560 disabled Londoners had their blue badges stolen. To combat this, Haringey Council and some other London boroughs have introduced a 'Companion Badge' scheme to tackle the theft of blue badges from disabled drivers' vehicles when parked outside their home. The badge can only be used with the registered vehicle and can only be used within that borough. One of my constituents now puts his 'Companion badge' in his car when he parks outside his home on Great Cambridge Road in Haringey. Unfortunately, Transport for London do not recognise the Companion Badge and issued him with a parking ticket. They told him to display his blue badge in future. He did so, and his window was smashed and badge stolen. Please can you ask Transport for London to recognise the Companion Badge and not issue fines to vehicles displaying these badges, to enable disabled Londoners to park safely outside their homes while protecting their vehicle from damage and their blue badge from theft? Even better, would you endorse or support a London-wide Companion Badge scheme?

Answer

Answer for Prosecuting Blue Badge holders

Answer for Prosecuting Blue Badge holders

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(Written answer provided on 3 April 2012.)

TfL was not made aware of LB Haringey's recently introduced Companion Badge scheme, but acknowledge that disabled motorists have legitimate concerns about displaying a Blue Badge.

Blue Badge fraud and theft are important issues that need to be addressed nationally. I am therefore pleased that the DfT is tackling this matter with a national Blue Badge database and enhanced security features, which will make it harder to produce illegal or counterfeit Blue Badges. This will also allow authorities such as TfL to verify the legitimacy of Blue Badges and reduce the risk of fraudulent use.

TfL will be happy to investigate the incident raised in your question if you pass on the details directly.