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Free Parking for Fraudsters


Results of a survey carried out by the charity Disabled Motoring UK with the help of Blue Badge Fraud Investigation, shows that in many areas Local Authorities are doing absolutely nothing to combat fraud and misuse of the Blue Badge scheme. This leads to a large number of fraudsters parking for free and depriving genuine disabled people from being able to access their town and city centres. By allowing this fraud to continue unchecked Local Authorities could be breaching the Equality Act 2010 which states that Local Authorities have a duty to investigate any activity that discriminates against a disabled person.

Although most authorities replied that they had had reports of misuse these rarely ended up as prosecutions. The average number of prosecutions per authority (for those that replied) was a miserly 2.9 per year in 2009 rising to an average 4.5 prosecutions in 2010. Although the results have improved from 2009 to 2010 they are not a true reflection of what most authorities are doing as most don’t prosecute anybody. The most common response for number of prosecutions per year was 0.  It is only because there are a small number of authorities such as Islington, Enfield, Wandsworth, Birmingham and Staffordshire who have taken Blue Badge abuse seriously that the average number of prosecutions is not lower. For example in 2010 Birmingham City Council prosecuted 124 Blue Badge fraudsters and the London Borough of Enfield prosecuted 75.

Some of the comments to the survey were also quite disheartening. For example Flintshire Council said: “We do not enforce or prosecute Blue Badge misuse, therefore this information is not held”. Although most councils did name a department that was responsible for enforcement it was clear from the total lack of any recorded prosecutions that very little, if any, enforcement is being carried out. This is no surprise considering most authorities do not have any officers allocated to investigating Blue Badge misuse.

Helen Dolphin Director of Policy and Campaigns for Disabled Motoring said “I was not surprised to see how bad the results were but I was disappointed by the number of Local Authorities not doing anything to stop it. We hear from our members how difficult parking is becoming and by people using stolen, fake or “borrowed” badges the situation is only getting worse. By taking action Local Authorities will be sending out a strong message that this crime will no longer be tolerated and those found using a badge that does not belong to them will be suitably punished. There are a number of authorities having a good success rate with prosecutions which shows it can be done.”



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Independent tests prove Chill Pod can revolutionise produce transportation industry


With soaring fuel costs and the numbers of road users increasing, the problem of delivering consistently high quality fresh produce is becoming more expensive and difficult by the day. However, an innovative and environmentally solution is about to revolutionise the chilled transport industry.

Chill Pod is a range of roll cage or pallet covers, which can be used to transport and store chilled produce with the need for electricity. Independent tests have proven that Chill Pod’s use of NASA Flectalon technology can result in a massive reduction on fuel costs and the carbon footprint of transport companies and storage units.

The unique insulating properties of the covers are constructed from a flat polymer sheet, coated with a thin layer of aluminium which combines conventional trapped air thermal insulation with multiple mirror finish surfaces to reflect infra-red heat away from the product contained within. When tested against a competitor the unique Chill Pod design saw an increase of only 3.4 degrees over a 12 hour period, compared to 7 degrees by a leading competitor.

Already used extensively across Europe by some of the continent’s largest food retailers, Chill Pod is new to the UK market, but has already been picked up by a leading supermarket chain to store chilled produce.

Manufactured in the UK, Chill Pods are tailor made to the specific client specification. Chill Pods are lightweight, hard wearing and water resistant while boasting excellent impact and abrasion resilience. With an estimated 15% of energy usage in industrialised countries devoted to refrigeration, companies using Chill Pod products are guaranteed to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

For more information on Chill Pod and it's uses either for consumers or commercially, please contact Andrew on 08456 345 185 or email andrew@thelivelycrew.co.uk



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