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Further drivers prosecuted for Blue Badge misuse

PUBLISHED: 13:04 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 30 January 2018

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Fourteen more drivers have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines totalling £7,484 after being caught misusing a Blue Badge in the absence of the badge holder.

Since the start of the Blue Badge misuse campaign, launched in 2016, a total of 69 drivers have now been prosecuted for misusing a badge.

The latest prosecutions follow incidents which took place between May and October 2017.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment, said: “The startling fact in all of these prosecutions is that all of these motorists were relatives of the Blue Badge holder.

“We know that only a small minority of relatives are abusing the Blue Badge scheme but this abuse has to stop as it undermines the confidence we all have in the scheme and crucially, deprives Blue Badge holders from getting the parking space they actually need.”

All 14 of the drivers caught recently were found guilty.

A resident of Cumberland Road, Bromley, parked in Station Approach car park in Hayes, initially claiming that he had dropped the badge holder off and that she had just got on a train with her wheelchair.

Later however, he admitted the offence, stating that he used the badge as he did not have change and was running late for his train.

Other drivers, including two from Orpingon and one from Pembroke Road, were also found guilty of using a Blue Badge without the badge holder.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher added: “Stronger signage will be in place throughout the borough very soon and I would urge relatives, friends or anyone who drives on behalf of a badge holder to take heed.

“Please make sure you and anyone else who drives on behalf of a badge holder know the rules before displaying a Blue Badge, as daily checks are continuing across the borough and further prosecutions will follow.”

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

Anyone who suspects that a badge is being used for the benefit of a person who is not the badge holder can report their concerns at: www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge.

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