New data has revealed that there have been more than 1,400 incidents of people being fined for illegally parking in disabled spaces in Hemel Hempstead since January 2022.
Based on statistics sent to HEMELnews by Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) following a Freedom of Information request, a total of 1,464 fines have been issued to those who have parked their vehicle in disabled bays without a Blue Badge since the beginning of last year.
Around 55 per cent of recorded incidents took place on the Marlowes, with a total of 805 fines issued between January 2022 and September 2023.
The road with the second highest total of recorded illegal disabled parking is Waterhouse Street, with a total of 350 fines issued.
As for car parks, the highest number of incidents took place at both Water Gardens locations, which saw a combined total of 28 fines.
A spokesperson for DBC said: “We understand the difficulties faced by disabled people and this is the reason for us being proactive in issuing penalties where a driver is not using a Blue Badge.
“To clarify, Blue Badge holders may park for up to three hours within disabled bays on Waterhouse Street and Marlowes, or on single or double yellow lines. They may also park without time limit or charge in any of DBC’s Pay and Park bays.
“DBC has also recently provided additional blue badge parking bays in Waterhouse Street, which should significantly improve access to the town centre for disabled persons who hold a valid Blue Badge.”