Blue Badge misuse campaign – two years on
Published Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Two years after the launch of the campaign to stop Blue Badge fraud, Bromley Council are taking further steps to tackle misuse.
The news follows five more prosecutions last week bringing the total to 55 successful prosecutions since the start of the campaign.
Over the coming months, residents and motorists will notice an increase in road-side inspections and stronger on-street signage. The council will also issue a communication to each badge holder in the borough, around 12,000 badge holders, to remind them of the scheme rules and correct usage of the badge. Neighbouring borough councils are also being contacted to encourage them to also contact badge holders living within their borough.
Councillor Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment said, “We are encouraged by the response we are receiving from motorists generally and blue badge holders too. We really need to get the message home that using your relative’s blue badge is not acceptable and you will be prosecuted. Genuine badge holders tell us they are pleased that routine inspections are taking place daily.
I fully support the improved signage and sincerely hope it will deter those who consider taking the risk of displaying a badge they are not entitled to use. Remember, Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence. Getting caught not only leads to prosecution and a fine, but can also affect future job prospects, insurance and cold potentially prevent international travel.”
Miss Mary Ogunsoluju of Roundtable Road, Downham, Mr Paul Taylor of Queens Road, Chislehurst, Miss Latisha Powell of Oakley Road, Croydon and Mr Michael Warner of Kingswood Avenue, Bromley all pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court to using a badge without the holder being present. They were each fined and ordered to pay courts costs and a victim surcharge equalling £1663.
A further driver from Sevenoaks pleaded guilty to misusing her daughters badge whilst the holder was at school. She was ordered to pay a total of £450.
All offences took place between 18th May and 11th August 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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