Councillor reiterates warning against blue badge misuse saying 'you will get caught and prosecuted'
PUBLISHED: 10:45 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 28 April 2017
Four more people have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines totalling over £1,000
“You will get caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will receive a criminal record,” a Bromley councillor has warned against blue badge misuse.
Councillor for environment Colin Smith, gave the fresh warning to drivers after a further four people were convicted of the offence and ordered to pay fines totalling £1,530 on April 19.
These latest convictions are the result of investigations for incidents which occurred between November 2016 and January 2017. The number of successful prosecutions for this offence since the beginning of 2016 is 30.
Mr Smith said: “Our campaign to protect the blue badge scheme remains ongoing with hundreds of blue badge checks taking place throughout the borough every day. Our officers are trained to spot fake or altered badges and can very quickly identify a cancelled badge.
“To avoid a fine and a criminal record, drivers should never risk displaying a blue badge when the holder is not present or nearby, or be tempted to display a cancelled badge.
“I really would encourage any driver minded to try and cheat the system to think very carefully indeed before doing so. You might save yourself a few pounds here and there in the short term, but you will receive a criminal record and be left worrying about all manner of things in everyday life in terms of reputation, work and insurance.
“I ask you. Is it really worth all that risk and hassle?”
All four drivers who recently appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court pleaded guilty.
In three of the cases, Ms Alexandra Chart from Paddock Wood, Mr Mohammed Sheikh from Norbury, and Mrs Lynda Davis from Kidbrooke displayed a blue badge to benefit from the scheme’s parking concessions in the absence of the badge holder, whose whereabouts could not be established.
The fourth driver, Mrs Sylvia Morris from Chislehurst, displayed her husband’s blue badge which had been cancelled several weeks earlier due to his death.
Blue badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.