City council praised for fake badge crackdown

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has received a top award for the way it has detected people using counterfeit disabled badges.

Disabled Motoring UK says the authority set a national example by using direct surveillance to investigate cases of fraud.

Many cases went to court and a wide range of penalties were handed out; including community service, electronic tagging and fines.

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: ‘I was delighted to hear we had won this prestigious award.

‘It proves this council’s commitment to supporting disabled people in accessing and visiting the places they want to go.

‘By holding those that abuse the blue badge system to account it makes clear Portsmouth City Council is a leader in providing accessibility to disabled people.’

Michael Robinson, parking operations manager, said: ‘I am very proud of my team in the sterling work they do supporting the blue badge scheme.’