Bath & North East Somerset Council carried out 193 vehicle checks as part of a national Day of Action targeting Blue Badge misuse.

The co-ordinated campaign saw 142 councils take part across the UK on Friday 24th May. More than 10,000 badges were inspected, with 182 seized.

B&NES Civil Enforcement Officers carried out 193 vehicle checks with additional support from its partner, OneWest, finding four instances of misuse and seizing two badges, meaning the vast majority of Blue Badges are being used correctly.

Examples of Blue Badge misuse include:

  • using a badge when the badge holder is not in the vehicle
  • using a badge that belongs to a deceased person
  • using an out of date/expired badge

There are currently more than 8,700 registered Blue Badge holders in Bath & North East Somerset.

Councillor Manda Rigby, Cabinet Member for Transport said: ‘This is the second year B&NES has supported the campaign as we continually tackle Blue Badge misuse. Access to disabled parking bays should always be protected. Although four instances of misuse were observed, we’re happy to see the vast majority of badges are being used correctly.”

The council seized 46 badges in 2023 and 16 so far in 2024.