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Amnesty for illegal disabled parking badge misuse

Motorists have been given a two week Amnesty slot to hand over their illegal blue disabled parking badges and avoid punishment.

Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it will be carrying out a two week amnesty this month, providing drivers in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford with an opportunity to avoid further action being carried out. This is following the recent parking enforcement on the illegal use of blue badges for disabled parking and is part of Operation Bluebird - a joint organisation between East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police to confront the issue.

Any drivers misusing a blue badge can hand over the permit across several different locations in the UK between Monday 8 June and Monday 22 June. Location examples include libraries, parking shops and county council offices.

Research by the Audit Commission showed an estimated 2,600 blue badges are misused in Brighton and Hove and 4,800 in East Sussex. Last month Brighton and Hove City Council successfully prosecuted seven motorists for misuse of disabled Blue Badges.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “By using blue badges illegally, motorists are making life extremely difficult for those who have a genuine need for the permit. I would urge those illegally using a blue badge to do the right thing and take full advantage of the amnesty. For those who continue to use the permit fraudulently, we will take action.”

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