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‘Appalling’ driver found using dead person’s blue badge to park for free in Nottingham

Motorists have been warned they could be prosecuted after a driver was found using a dead person’s blue badge in Nottingham.

The vehicle was spotted by enforcement officers in Hampden Street on Monday morning, September 27, and was issued with a ticket.

Now it has emerged a total of 29 individuals have been caught in Nottingham so far this year using badges to park for free following the death of the badge holder.

Local authorities said that blue badges aim to make travel easier for people with disabilities and should not be misused.

If they are no longer required after three years, they should be returned.

A City Council spokesperson said: “Blue badges are issued to help make travel easier for people with disabilities, and if they are no longer required after three years, they should be returned. Unfortunately, this is the 29th badge found this year which has been used following the death of the badge holder.

“The use of a dead person’s badge is an appalling misuse of the system and crimes like this impact significantly on genuine users. We are actively targeting blue badge misuse and will continue to crack down on those breaking the law.

“If anyone visits the city and fraudulently misuses a cancelled badge, they are likely to be caught.

“This can result in us issuing a penalty charge notice, removing the vehicle or prosecuting them.”

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