This section will tell you what blue badge fraud is, how to report it and how we can prevent it.
While the majority of blue badge holders use them responsibly, abuse of badges does take place and we take it very seriously. We have a dedicated team who work to investigate and prosecute blue badge misuse and fraud. If someone is found guilty, they can be fined up to £1,000 and badges could be withdrawn.
Types of blue badge fraud or misuse
By the badge holder
By a third party
- parking in the wrong place or parking for too long where there is a time limit
- use of a badge that is no longer valid
- use of a badge that’s been reported lost or stolen
- letting a friend or relative use the badge
- use of a copied badge
- altering the details, for example, the expiry date
- making a fraudulent application or using a badge obtained fraudulently
- using someone else’s badge (with or without the badge holder’s knowledge) without the badge holder being present
- using a badge belonging to someone who has died
- copying, altering or making badges
- using a stolen badge
- using a fake badge
Reporting the misuse of a blue badge
If you suspect someone is abusing the blue badge scheme, please report it:
- call our fraud hotline 01670 624359
- email Fraudline@northumberland.gov.uk
- write to: The Corporate Fraud Team, Northumberland County Council, Wansbeck Square, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9XL
This information is kept confidential and reports can be made anonymously.
If you’re able to provide any of the information below, it will help with the investigation.
- name of badge holder (if known)
- name of person using badge (if known)
- registration number of vehicle in which badge is usually displayed
- badge serial number
- badge expiry date
- badge issuing authority (name of council - if known)
- place where vehicle is usually parked/ badge is misused
- time and day when vehicle is normally parked
- details of why you think the badge is being misused