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Sunday, 1 April 2007

Blue badges again



Council leaders called today for state-of-the-art solutions to combat a booming black market in disabled parking badges - including the sale of forgeries on e-Bay.

They warned that illegal permits are changing hands for up to £1,500, amid widespread abuse of the system.

Criminals are even resorting to "smash and grab" raids on vehicles to get the badges, according to the Local Government Association.

It called for holograms on the badges to make forgeries harder and for a national database of legal holders.

Councils across the country are poised for a major crackdown after a survey by the LGA revealed that four in ten councils rate Blue Badge fraud as a "serious" or "very serious" concern...........

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