People in Southwark and Lambeth were among the worst boroughs in London for blue badge offences last year, according to new research.
Lambeth was second in London with 2,963 parking fines for misusing blue badges in 2020. Southwark came in ninth with 2,133. The borough with the most fines was Barking and Dagenham with 3,714.
As well as inconveniencing people who genuinely need the parking space, fines for parking in disabled bays can be up to £1,000. People who have a badge are not allowed to lend it to others, including friends or family, or they could face a hefty fine themselves.
The research was done by price comparison website Uswitch, who issued freedom of information requests to local authorities across the UK.
Joel Kempson, a car insurance expert for the company, said: “The Blue Badge scheme was introduced by the Government to help those with mobility issues park close to where they need to go.
“This includes allowing drivers to park on yellow lines for up to three hours, on the street for free where there are parking metres or in designated disabled spaces.
“Drivers who abuse the Blue Badge policy could face a fine of up to £1,000. Yet despite the risk of hefty penalties, it’s clear the law is disregarded by many motorists risking large fines to park for free or closer to their destination.”