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Penge driver to pay £670 after blue badge 'abuse'

PUBLISHED: 12:15 29 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:15 29 December 2015

Blue and white Handicap parking symbol on asphalt

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Dondu Ciftci, of Croydon Road, pleaded guilty to misusing a blue badge in June

A driver from Penge has been ordered to pay a total of £670 after pleading guilty to misusing a blue badge.

Dondu Ciftci, of Croydon Road, was ordered to pay a fine of £200, costs of £300, a victim surcharge of £20 and a criminal court charge of £150.

The latest prosecution is the second in as many months and signals a renewed focus on making sure that drivers using blue badges do so properly and within the law.

Lydia Buttinger, Bromley council’s executive assistant for environment, 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.

“We have mounted a serious campaign against this type of abuse and offending motorists should be warned that they will be prosecuted, then named and shamed at every opportunity which presents itself.

“The message is absolutely clear and I would ask anyone who witnesses such misuse to help protect the blue badge scheme for genuine badge holders, by reporting any abuse they witness to the council.”

The incident occurred in June this year, when Ciftci questioned civil enforcement officers about the issue of a penalty charge notice in High Street, Penge.

She was questioned about the badge holder when the badge was being inspected by the CEOs and informed the officers that it belonged to her elderly mother.

When the officers inspected the badge, it showed that the badge holder was actually a male and the blue badge was confiscated.

Ciftci later informed the officers that the badge belonged to a relative of her husband, who was using the toilet facilities in a Tesco Express store, 75 yards away, although it has been confirmed that there are no public toilet facilities in the store.

Ciftci and Mr Calak, the badge holder, were both interviewed under caution but neither could prove that Mr Calak was anywhere near the vehicle when the badge was being used.

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

Badge holders are reminded of their duty to use their badge according to scheme rules and never to allow other people to use it.

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