Cheating blue badge holders are depriving genuine users
I DON'T often say this but well done Devon & Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council for the crackdown on the Blue Badge cheats (The Herald, February1 ). Having had a blue badge for a good number of years I know I speak for all of the genuinely disabled about the frustration of seeing perfectly able people hogging all of the disabled parking billets.
With a very limited walking range, using sticks, I have often had to curtail planned shopping trips because no parking spaces of any kind were available.
I have often observed such people becoming Usaine Bolts and sprinting through the rain, but had all but given up on any clampdown.
If I may make a few suggestions, we know that most city centre spaces are covered by high definition CCTV. Could not the operators note the number plates of the agile using these spaces and direct the parking attendants on to them?
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Another is for the Blue Badge section in the council to verify that those renewing their badges every three years are genuine cases by cross checking the addresses for the applicants with the names of those in residential care homes and those who have passed away.
Some years ago when I wanted to attend a function and could only find a long term billet I asked a traffic warden if that was OK. His reply was: "Of course, I can see you are genuine, and then added that in the street where he lived everyone had a blue badge because they pestered their GP until he gave in. So there is another angle to the problem.