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Five people fined £1,130 in record blue badge prosecutions

PUBLISHED: 09:18 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 02 August 2016

The offenders were convicted at Bromley Magistrates Court

The offenders were convicted at Bromley Magistrates Court

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The council is cracking down on blue badge misuse

Five people have been fined a total of £1,130 following a record number of blue badge prosecutions on the same day.

All of the defendants pleaded guilty to blue badge misuse after the badges were used when the holders were not present.

The latest convictions bring the total to ten successful prosecutions in as many months since the launch of the blue badge misuse campaign in October 2015.

Councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment, said: “These latest prosecutions act as a serious warning to those thinking about committing blue badge fraud. Bromley Council has a zero tolerance policy to this abuse and it is now clear that it is only a matter of time before Blue Badge cheats are caught.

“This initiative is set to intensify further over coming months to protect the integrity of the scheme for those genuine uses. Those committing Blue Badge fraud should know that a criminal record is heading their way unless they desist.

“Running an errand or shopping on behalf of the badge holder when they are not there constitutes misuse and drivers should be warned that such cases are being successfully prosecuted.”

Blue badges are issued for the benefit of the disabled holder, to help them park close to their destination either as a driver or passenger.

Misuse can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.

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