Eight caught in disabled parking badges crackdown in Edinburgh

Disabled badge Eight people have been charged with the fraudulent use of disabled parking badges

Eight people have been charged with the fraudulent use of disabled parking badges in Edinburgh in just two days.

The offences included displaying a badge when not being registered disabled and using a badge that did not belong to them.

Five men aged 33, 37, 48, 53 and 54 and three women aged 39, 49 and 63 have been reported to the procurator fiscal to appear in court at a later date.

The motorists were caught on Monday and Tuesday.

A blue disabled parking badge entitles the owner to park in marked disabled spaces, in areas where parking is not normally permitted and parking without payment in pay and display spaces.

'Painstaking investigation'

Sgt Kevin Rafferty, of Lothian and Borders Police, said blue disabled parking badge were exclusively for those with a registered disability and not for personal purposes.

Officers identified eight people alleged to be using badges fraudulently and gathered information which may result in further charges "in the near future".

Sgt Rafferty said: "Displaying a stolen badge or utilising one if you are not registered disabled is a crime and we will continue to work alongside our partners to bring anyone responsible to account for their actions."

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh City Council's transport convener, said: "The charging of these eight individuals is a very satisfying conclusion to many months of painstaking investigation and intelligence gathering by the council's dedicated fraud prevention officer.

"Most blue badges are used correctly but sadly there is still a small minority of individuals who seem to believe that the law doesn't apply to them.

"This close joint working between the council and Lothian and Borders Police should send a strong message to anyone still flouting the law that we will not hesitate to bring them to justice."

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