Traffic attendants have begun a crackdown on people who misuse disabled parking badges.
The crackdown on Blue Badge abuse, by NCP Services' traffic attendants working on behalf of Roads Service, comes after consultation with the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC).
Simon Richardson, the parking enforcement manager in the DRD, said attendants will be carrying out targeted checks across Ulster and will ticket vehicles where it is believed the Blue Badge is being misused.
Common abuse includes: family or friends using a badge without the badge holder travelling in the vehicle; overstaying the concession time allowed; and displaying the badge back to front, which prevents traffic attendants from identifying the serial number.
In June this year, IMTAC undertook an awareness campaign to encourage Blue Badge holders and their family and friends to use Blue Badges properly.