REPORT ON BLUE BADGE ENFORCEMENTMICHAEL BRADYASSISTANT GROUP MANAGERPARKING PROJECTS AND EVENTSJUNE 2012
SUMMARY This presentation will outline the challenges that Glasgow City Council (GCC) has in terms of enforcing mis-use of Blue Badges. It seeks to identify measures to improve the control regime to reduce the potential for mis-use. Identify stakeholder engagement measures, to improve control and prevent mis-use, including the Police, Press and other agencies. Will detail the results obtained by working together with Strathclyde Police to tackle mis-use. Initiatives to help reduce mis-use of Blue Badges.
KEY FACTS There are presently around 25,000 Blue Badges on issue in Glasgow. Some 33% of all Badges on issue in Scotland, are issued within the Glasgow region It is interesting to note that some Councils issue more discretionary badges Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh 8,646 Automatic 13,183 Discretionary. Glasgow 13,933 Automatic 9,460 Discretionary There is an upward trend in the number of Badges being issued in Glasgow.
COST OF MIS-USE The estimated level of mis-use in Glasgow is 27% Glasgow City Centre has approximately 1100 Pay and Display Parking Bays Surveys have shown that, in some areas, more that 50% of bays are occupied by vehicles displaying blue Badges Resulting loss of income could be up to £450,000 per annum
MIS-USE RECORDED BY PA’S PA’s regularly complete alleged mis-use forms These record details of actual or suspected mis-use Monitoring over a period of 2 years shows that of 821 mis-use forms completed 663 Penalty Charge Notices were issued 315 of which were paid at discount
DIFFICULTIES IN ENFORCEMENT A Parking Attendant must be on site when the vehicle is being parked or when the vehicle is about to leave an area Information concerning the issue of the badge is not readily available to the Parking Attendant – should improve with BBIS Police attendance on site not usually possible unless by prior arrangement and site specific Fragmented approach to what we do with information concerning abuse of the scheme – should improve with BBIS It appears to be socially acceptable to use a badge when not entitled
BLUE BADGE OPERATIONS Regularly liaise with Strathclyde Police – Blue Badge ‘Sting’ Operations Use intelligence gathered by PA’s to identify key locations where mis-use is most prevalent PA’s and Police work in conjunction to identify mis-use Negotiate ‘dedicated’ Policing resource as part of the Community Policing Partnership-leading with impact report
RESULTS 12 Blue Badge ‘Stings’ over 2 year period 192 Vehicles approached 51 Drivers charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal Reduction in Blue Badge parking following operations
ENFORCEMENT-THE WAY FORWARD Have less ambiguous powers of inspection with PA’s being permitted to seize Badges (2013). Instant information about the issue of the badge at the time of inspection by the Parking Attendant – BBIS National Database System The current concession of free parking throughout the city/country needs to be discussed. More public awareness concerning the abuse of the Disabled Badge Scheme Improved relations between legitimate Badge holders and enforcement agencies Improved public awareness and education of the scheme and it’s aims
RECOMENDATIONS Education: implement educational campaigns at school level in the style of anti smoking, anti drink driving and seatbelt campaigns - make Blue Badge mis-use socially and morally unacceptable as well as other dedicated bays Wider Public - Employees: Targeted campaigns – use GCC’s Internet and Intranet services – the Glasgow and Insider Magazines - Employee Pay Portal – advise of consequences of mis-use Advertising: Promote awareness of the impact of Blue Badge mis-use – posters on the side of GCC’s vehicles, in car parks and in bus shelters Decriminalisation Decimalisation of the Offence of Mis Use
CONCLUSION Need to tackle Blue Badge mis-use The free parking element should be discussed New BBIS database must be updated, maintained, with any instances of mis-use being accurately recorded PA’s given powers to seize mis-used Blue Badges Look at providing education at an early age to the consequences of people mis-using the blue badge (pester power).