Two fined more than £700 for blue badge fraud
PUBLISHED: 10:05 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 19 September 2016
The council has successfully prosecuted nine people in less than a month
Two people have received fines totalling more than £700 for blue badge fraud as Bromley Council continued its crackdown on offenders.
Oladayo Olodude and Rebecca Huston pleaded guilty to blue badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates Court on September 14 for offences that took place between May 19 and July 6.
In one of the cases, the blue badge belonged to the driver’s disabled child and was used while the child was at school.
Olodude was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £200 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge, while Huston received a £115 fine, £300 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment, said: “These ongoing prosecutions should act as a deterrent to anyone who continues to misuse a blue badge.
“The Council will continue to step up blue badge inspections and prosecute cases of misuse, which could result in a large fine and a criminal record.
“Research shows that blue badge cheats cost other Council Tax payers across England up to £45 million each year and that needs to end.
“More importantly, they are continuing to deny access at key locations to those who need it most, regularly forcing genuine users to turn back home.
“Those responsible for this selfishness need to understand that this campaign is continuing to intensify and that it is only a matter of time before they become caught, processed then named and shamed too.”
The council has successfully prosecuted nine people in less than a month, and 19 people since the crackdown began.