Fifty prosecutions – milestone for Blue Badge misuse campaign

Published Friday, 20 October 2017

Criminal records and fines totalling £3,797 have been handed to eight drivers, as Bromley Council’s Blue Badge misuse crackdown continues.

These latest convictions bring the total to fifty successful prosecutions since the start of the campaign, which was launched to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge scheme.  

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment said, "It is a sad indictment that we have reached this milestone. The majority of these prosecutions involve a relative misusing a loved one's Blue Badge.  It doesn't matter whether the badge holder is your husband, wife or child; if they are not present, you cannot use their Blue Badge. The same obviously applies if the relative is dead!

Don't take a chance and remember that by misusing the badge, you are ultimately depriving a genuine badge holder from parking in the space, which may mean that they are unable to shop or visit the doctor for instance.  Our crackdown is continuing and this is a direct appeal to anyone tempted to misuse a badge - don't bother, think again."  

Ms Theresa Johncock of Meadow Lane, London and Ms Rupia Hussain of Elizabeth Way, Orpington were caught using badges belonging to deceased relatives. After they both pleaded guilty by post, Ms Johncock was ordered by the court to pay £375 and Ms Hussain to pay £250, including court costs and surcharges.  

Miss Natasha Cocks of Manor Rise, Maidstone was ordered to pay £684 after pleading guilty by post to misusing a badge she thought belonged to a friend. A Council Officer who spotted the badge on display was able to confirm at the scene that the badge had in fact been reported stolen and a Penalty Charge Notice was issued to the vehicle allowing a full investigation to commence.  

Mr Pritesh Patel of Farm Lane, Shirley was caught using his mother’s Blue Badge to park close to Elmers End train station; something he had been doing on a regular basis.  After it was discovered the badge holder was at home, a Penalty Charge Notice was issued to the vehicle. Mr Patel pleaded guilty by post and was ordered by the court to pay a total of £759 including court costs and surcharges.  

Miss Maria Webb of Churchill Wood, Bromley pleaded guilty to misusing her mother’s badge. In court, Miss Webb admitted dropping her mother off at one location, before moving on to a second where she displayed the badge in order to do some shopping. Miss Webb was ordered to pay a total of £300 including court costs and surcharges.  

Three mothers were caught using Blue Badges belonging to their children while they were absent. Two pleaded guilty to the offence while the third was found guilty after the case was proven in her absence. Between them, they were ordered to pay a total of £1,429 including court costs and surcharges.   

All offences took place between 3 March and 26 April this year.

Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.  Anyone who suspects that a blue 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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For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk

Notes

  1. Miss Natasha Cocks pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates Court on 26 July 2017.   She was ordered to pay a fine of £440, court costs of £200 and a surcharge of £44 - a total of £684.
  2. Miss Rupia Hussain pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates Court on 9 August 2017.   She was ordered to pay a fine of £120, court costs of £100 and a £30 surcharge - a total of £250.
  3. Mr Pritesh Patel pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates Court on 9 August 2017.   He was ordered to pay a fine of £440, court costs of £275 and a £44 surcharge - a total of £759.
  4. Miss Theresa Johncock pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates Court on 23 August 2017.   She was ordered to pay a fine of £145, court costs of £200 and a £30 surcharge - a total of £375.
  5. Miss Maria Webb pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 14 September 2017.  She was ordered to pay a fine of £20, court costs of £250 and a £30 surcharge - a total of £300.
  6. A mother from Croydon pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 9 August 2017.   She was ordered to pay a fine of £80, court costs of £85 and a £30 surcharge - a total of £195.
  7. A second mother from Dulwich pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates Court on 23 August 2017.  She was ordered to pay a fine of £145, court costs of £200 and a £30 surcharge - a total of £375.
  8. A final mother from Thornton Heath was found guilty at Bexley Magistrates Court on 25 September 2017 after she failed to attend her previous hearing.   She was ordered to pay a fine of £440, court costs of £375 and a £44 surcharge - a total of £859.