Woman ordered to pay £670 for blue badge misuse
PUBLISHED: 10:25 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 23 December 2015
She has aleady payed a parking fine
A Penge woman has been fined nearly £700 after misusing a blue badge while parking.
Dondu Ciftci, Croydon Road, Penge initially claimed the badge holder of a badge on display display in her car belonged to her elderly mother.
Upon inspection, the badge belong to a man, and the blue badge was confiscated.
Mrs Ciftci later told officers the badge belonged to a relative of her husband, who was using the toilet in a supermarket 75 yards away.
Investigations found there were no toilets in the store, and neither the blue badge owner nor Mrs Ciftci could prove the owner was anywhere near the store when the badge was in use.
Mrs Ciftci pleaded guilty to misuse of a blue badge and was ordered to pay a fine of £200, costs of £300 a victim surcharge of £20 and a criminal court charge of £150.
Councillor Lydia Buttinger said: “We simply will not tolerate this type of abuse. Blue badge holders, quite rightly, have privileges but they also have responsibilities as well and they must ensure that their badge is not abused.
“Crucially too, the badge holder must always be in the car when the badge is being used. It is not enough for a relative or friend to be running an errand for instance”