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Drivers fined for misusing Blue Badges in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2018

A Blue Badge. Picture: Steve Poston

A Blue Badge. Picture: Steve Poston

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Seven drivers have been fined this month after being caught in Bromley misusing Blue Badges belonging to relatives and friends.

The council says that brings its prosecutions to 76.

The seven were brought to court together having been caught illegally using a blue badge in their vehicles that allowed them privileged parking.

Six drivers admitted displaying a badge whilst the holder was not present

They were together fined more than £3,600 and, more seriously, handed criminal records for misusing the badges.

In all cases, which happened between August and October last year, they were using badges belonging to relatives and friends who were not with them during their journey.

Tina Labate, of Overhill Road, East Dulwich, was caught displaying her dead father’s Blue Badge to park in Ravensbourne Road, Bromley, last year. In court, she said she had no change on the day and decided to use the badge when she found it in her handbag.

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

Neil Hunter, of Manor Park, Richmond, Tina Shillingford, of Wickham Chase, West Wickham, and Leslie Storrey, of Mounthurst Road, Bromley, were all caught using a badge belonging to a parent when they were not present.

Brian Taylor, of Piedmont Road, Woolwich, was caught displaying a friend’s badge in his absence. He was found guilty when the case was proved in his absence.

After the hearings, Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Bromley’s 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.

“You are breaking the law if you use the badge when the holder is not present.”

The council also prosecuted 14 drivers in January this year.

Bromley Council said anyone who suspects misuse can report it here www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge

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