Blue Badge misuse campaign: 76th driver prosecuted

Published Monday, 26 February 2018

Seven drivers have been fined a total of £3,677 and handed criminal records after being caught in the borough misusing Blue Badges belonging to relatives and friends.

These latest convictions bring the total to seventy-six successful prosecutions since the start of the crackdown, which was launched to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge Scheme.  

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment said, “This misuse discredits the Blue Badge scheme as a whole and is unacceptable and unfair both to other blue badge holders and to motorists who pay to park.  We know from these prosecutions, that often it is a relative of the blue badge holder that is misusing the badge and if this includes you, please stop.”   

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added; “A Blue Badge may only be used if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or to pick the badge holder up, or drop them off.  You are breaking the law if you use the badge when the holder is not present.” 

The offences took place between 19 August and 20 October last year. Six drivers pleaded guilty to displaying a Blue Badge whilst the holder was not present and the seventh driver was found guilty after the case was proved in his absence because he had failed to attend court. 

Mrs Tina Labate, of Overhill Road, East Dulwich, was caught displaying her deceased father’s Blue Badge to park in Ravensbourne Road, Bromley, last year. In court, Mrs Labate said she had no change on the day of the offence and decided to use the badge when she found it in her handbag.  

Two drivers; Mr Anthony Ellis of Durham Avenue, Bromley, and Mr Reginald Gaze of Milne Park West, Croydon, were caught displaying their wives’ badges in their absence.  In both cases, the drivers said the badge holders were nearby and they were picking them up, but later admitted that their wives were at home. 

Three further drivers; Mr Neil Hunter, of Manor Park, Richmond, Mrs Tina Shillingford of Wickham Chase, West Wickham, and Miss Leslie Storrey of Mounthurst Road, Bromley, were all caught using a badge belonging to a parent when they were not present.  

Mr Brian Taylor of Piedmont Road, Woolwich, was caught displaying a friend’s badge in his absence.  When Mr Taylor failed to attend his initial court hearing in January, the case was adjourned and he was found guilty when the case was proved in his absence in February. 

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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Editor's Notes

  • Mrs Tina Labate pleaded guilty to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 14th February 2018.  She was fined £250 and ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £580.
  • Mr Anthony Ellis pleaded guilty to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 14th February 2018.  He was fined £150 and ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £480.
  • Mr Reginald Gaze pleaded guilty by post to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 14th February 2018.  He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £580.
  • Mr Neil Hunter pleaded guilty by post to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 14th February 2018.  He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £580.
  • Mrs Tina Shillingford pleaded guilty to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 16th February 2018.  She was fined £123 and ordered to pay £100 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £253.
  • Miss Leslie Storrey pleaded guilty to Blue Badge misuse at Bromley Magistrates on 16th February 2018.  She was fined £40 and ordered to pay £50 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge - a total of £120.
  • Mr Brian Taylor failed to attend his initial court hearing on 10th January 2018 at Bromley Magistrates.  The case was adjourned and Mr Taylor was found guilty on 21st February 2018 at Bromley Magistrates when the case was proved in his absence.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £44 surcharge - a total of £1,084.

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