Blue Badge misuse: 100th driver handed fine and criminal record

Published Monday, 21 May 2018

One hundred drivers have now been prosecuted after being caught using a Blue Badge they weren’t entitled to use within the London Borough of Bromley.

The 100th prosecution since July 2016 comes after a further twelve drivers were prosecuted between 12 March and 9 May this year, ordered to pay fines totalling £7922 and handed criminal records.   The award winning campaign has also seen the council contacting all the borough's 9,000 Blue Badge holders to specifically advise them of the scheme's rules.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, 'It is with great disappointment we have had to prosecute one-hundred drivers for misusing a Blue Badge.  Equally disappointing is the majority of cases continue to involve a relative displaying a loved one's badge whilst they are not present. 

Blue Badge misuse takes away parking spaces from those who genuinely rely on the scheme to carry out everyday tasks.  Drivers who break the law and put genuine Blue Badge holders at real disadvantage should expect to be caught and end up with a criminal record."

Councillor Lymer added:  "We will continue to talk to Blue Badge Holders about how they can help.  At the same time, we will continue to send out the strongest message that Blue Badge misuse will not be tolerated."

Hayley Lewis was ordered to pay a total of £695 after her vehicle was seen displaying a badge belonging to her deceased grandmother in November 2017.  It was later discovered her grandmother had passed away over two years before the date of the offence.   In Court the Magistrate said the use of the badge was "fairly low."

Angela O'Reilly was caught using a Blue Badge belonging to a friend after she had dropped the badge holder off a short while earlier.  She later admitted she had not read the rights and responsibilities booklet provided with the badge and was not fully aware of the rules.  Angela was ordered to pay a total of £320.

Fehrat Cader was ordered to pay a total of £1084 after being caught displaying an organisational badge whilst not transporting a disabled person.   An organisational blue badge should only be displayed when a person who is in the vehicle would be eligible for a badge themselves.

Max Harboard, Chantal McPherson, Nadia Callan, Caroline Hewson, Joanna Burton, Jacqueline Webb, Angela Easom and Romeo Kaseram were ordered to pay a combined total of £4659 after being caught using a Blue Badge belonging to a friend or relative.

One further driver was caught using a Blue Badge belonging to a child under the age of 18.  He was ordered to pay a total of £1234.

All offences took place between the 21 August 2017 and 6 December 2017.

The borough's campaign, which accredited with the prestigious 'Parking in the Community' award by the British Parking Association, was launched to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge Scheme.

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 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. Max Harboard of Shepperton Road, Petts Wood, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates on 28 March 2018.  He was fined £333, and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a £33 victim surcharge.
  2. Chantal McPherson of Denmark Road, Camberwell, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates on 6 April 2018.  She was fined £123, and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  3. A driver from Bromley Common, Bromley, was found guilty when the case was proven in his absence at Bromley Magistrates on 6th April 2018.  He was fined £440, and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a £44 victim surcharge.
  4. Nadia Callan of Castlecombe Road, Mottingham, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates on 11 April 2018.  He was fined £80, and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  5. Jacqueline Webb of Venner Road, Sydenham, pleaded guilty by post Bromley Magistrates on 11 April 2018.  She was fined £100, and ordered to pay costs of £400 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  6. Hayley Lewis of Medbury Road, Gravesend, pleased guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates on 11 April 2018.  She was fined £295, and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  7. Angela O'Reilly of Mile Lane, Charminster, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates on 13 April 2018.  She was fined £40, and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  8. Caroline Hewson of Southover, Bromley, was found guilty when the case was proven in her absence at Bromley Magistrates on 13 April 2018.  She was fined £220, and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  9. Romeo Kaseram of Brook Drive, London, was found guilty by a District Judge on 23 April 2018.  He was handed a 3 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £20 victim surcharge.
  10. Joanna Burton of Palace View, Bromley, was found guilty by a District Judge on 23 April 2018.  She was fined £150, and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  11. Fehrat Cader of South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, was found guilty when the case was proven in his absence at Bromley Magistrates on 24 April 2018.  He was fined £440, and ordered to pay costs of £600 and a £44 victim surcharge.
  12. Alison Easom of Canterbury Grove, West Norwood, pleaded guilty by post at Bromley Magistrates on 9 May 2018.  She was fined £120, and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a £30 victim surcharge.