Author: helendolphin

Blue badge scheme: lies and fraud at first hand

Blue badge scheme: lies and fraud at first hand

On the streets of Portsmouth with a blue badge scheme enforcement team, Helen Dolphin witnesses the sorts of try-ons used by badge abusers. Statistics from the Department for Transport show that in 2012-13, Leeds City Council prosecuted one blue badge abuser. Call me a cynic but I’m guessing there were considerably more people abusing the … Continue reading Blue badge scheme: lies and fraud at first hand

Access to buses: disappointing court judgement

Access to buses: disappointing court judgement

Despite a judge's recommendations that a bus company makes adjustments to prevent passengers in wheelchairs being unduly disadvantaged, disabled people could still find themselves unable to board, says Helen Dolphin. Ever since I applied for my concessionary bus pass, I’ve become a bit of a fan of the bus. As long as the ramp is … Continue reading Access to buses: disappointing court judgement