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Orpington woman told to pay more than £300 after using disabled mum's blue badge to visit gym

PUBLISHED: 15:09 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 06 October 2016

Blue badge misuse can carry a £1,000 fine

Blue badge misuse can carry a £1,000 fine

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The crackdown has now resulted in 21 sucessful prosecutions

An Orpington woman who used her disabled mother’s blue badge on a visit to the gym has been ordered to pay more than £300.

Tammy Rye, of Barrister Gardens, had pleaded not guilty at her original hearing but was later found guilty by a district judge due to inconsistencies between her and her mother’s account of the day.

On September 23, she was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £300, and a victim surcharge of £20.

Councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment, said: “This latest conviction only goes to show if you misuse a blue badge, and you attempt to give over a false statement of events, you will certainly get caught. The council will fully investigate your claims, and if necessary you will face a trial.”

A second driver was fined a total of £215 for blue badge misuse, bringing the total number of successful prosecutions to 21 since the crackdown began.

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

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