More drivers prosecuted for Blue Badge Misuse

PUBLISHED: 12:49 02 March 2018

Blue Badge misuse has become a frequent offence. Picture: PA

Blue Badge misuse has become a frequent offence. Picture: PA

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Seven drivers, including residents from Bromley, have been fined a total of £3,677 and handed criminal records after being caught in the borough misusing Blue Badges belonging to relatives and friends.

These latest convictions bring the total to 76 successful prosecutions since the start of the crackdown, which was launched to protect the integrity of the Scheme.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher, Executive councillor for environment said, “This misuse discredits the Blue Badge scheme as a whole and is unacceptable and unfair both to other blue badge holders and to motorists who pay to park.

“We know from these prosecutions, that often is a relative of the blue badge holder that is misusing the badge and if this includes you, please stop. “A Blue Badge may only be used if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or to pick the badge holder up, or drop them off. You are breaking the law if you use the badge when the holder is not present.”

The offences took place between August 19 and October 20 last year.

Six drivers pleaded guilty to displaying a Blue Badge whilst the holder was not present and the seventh driver was found guilty after the case was proved in his absence because he had failed to attend court.

Two drivers, Mr Anthony Ellis of Durham Avenue, Bromley, and Mr Reginald Gaze of Milne Park West, Croydon, were caught displaying their wives’ badges in their absence.

In both cases, the drivers said the badge holders were nearby and they were picking them up, but later admitted that their wives were at home.

Miss Leslie Storrey of Mounthurst Road, Bromley, was all caught using a badge belonging to a parent who was not present.

Mrs Tina Labate, of Overhill Road, East Dulwich, was caught displaying her deceased father’s Blue Badge to park in Ravensbourne Road, Bromley, last year.

In court, Mrs Labate said she had no change on the day of the offence and decided to use the badge when she found it in her handbag.

Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.


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