Five people who were fraudulently using parking permits for areas they didn’t live in – and a sixth who was trying to sell one – have been caught by council investigators.
After nobody responded to a parking permit amnesty last summer, Brighton and Hove City Council took a more proactive approach and since April, these six fraudulent permit uses have been uncovered.
Working from tip-offs from the parking services team and data matching, the investigators discovered three cases in which permit holders were not living where they claimed to be, one was using someone else’s permit, one held permits in two zones, and one person trying to sell a match day permit to someone else.
The permits were from zones across the city: Coldean, Preston Park Station North, Brunswick & Adelaide, Central Hove, Goldmid and St Luke’s area by Queen’s Park.
However, despite warnings last year that people using permits illegally could face prosecution, the council decided not to take action in these six instances.