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  • "It's about time. For far too long a few people who hold blue badges have been parking wherever the hell they want.

    I understand that this is a small minority and the idea is to allow easier access but blocking entrances to alleys, parking on double yellows (in a one car width street) to pick up meals on wheels orders (by drivers who obviously don't need a blue badge) and finally just being gigantic pains in the a**es is just no acceptable.

    The main culprits are the Masonic hall and the Methodist church (neither of whom give any thought whatsoever to where they park). I've been unable to access my own driveway because of these people and conveniently the ''traffic wardens'' don't seem to be around. They only seem to care when it's around Hope Street."
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Crackdown on blue badge misuse across county

First published in News

A CRACKDOWN begins tomorrow (Monday July 7) over the misuse of parking badges.

Durham County Council’s enforcement officers will target motorists abusing the blue badge scheme, which allows disabled drivers to park closer to shops and other amenities.

Officers will be checking that badges displayed in windscreens are genuine and are being used by the holder to ensure drivers with genuine disabilities can access the parking spaces they need.

Misuse and abuse of a blue badge is a criminal offence which can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Neil Foster, council cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Being able to park closer to shops and amenities is vital for people with disabilities.

“Anyone who abuses that right is committing a criminal offence as well as making life much more difficult for those with genuine disabilities.

“By targeting those who misuse disabled parking badges we are making sure that there will be plenty of parking spaces for people who really need them.”

Members of the public can report suspected fraudulent use of blue badges by ringing the council’s hotline, on 08000-321663, with calls free from a landline, or by texting Fraud, followed by the details, to 0778-602 7280.

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