Blue Badge misuse – many more drivers prosecuted

Published Friday, 9 July 2021

Fifteen more prosecutions have recently taken place for Blue Badge misuse related offences involving seven drivers and eight vehicle owners who have been ordered to pay fines totalling £9,410

Blue Badges are available for people with conditions that affect their mobility and must only be used for the benefit of the badge holder.

All seven drivers were found guilty of taking advantage of Blue Badge scheme parking concessions that they were not entitled to.  The offences included displaying a Blue Badge when the holder was not present, using counterfeit, cancelled, expired and stolen badges and using badges after the holders had passed away.

The eight vehicle owners prosecuted under section 17 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1972, for failing to provide information relating to the identification of a driver after a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident, involved the display of stolen, lost, counterfeit and expired Blue Badges. 

Mrs Veseleine Vaida of Ridgeway Drive, Bromley, Ms Sharon Challis of Havelock Road, Dartford, and Mr Adam Stevenson of Howard Road, Penge, displayed Blue Badges after the badge holders had passed away.  Ms Georgia Borg of Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, was guilty of displaying a counterfeit Blue Badge. Mr Davidson Lynch of Oak Bank, New Addington, displayed a Blue Badge for his own benefit in the absence of the holder.  Mr Nqibullah Shinwari of High Street, St Mary Cray, displayed an expired Blue Badge with the year of expiry altered from 2020 to 2021.  Mr Perry Skinner of Croydon Road, Keston, was found guilty of using a stolen Blue Badge to park on double yellow lines.

The following eight vehicle owners were guilty of failing to provide information relating to the identification of the person driving their vehicle when a suspected misuse incident occurred:

  • Mr Gjorji Gjorgievski of Yeats Close, Neasden – Blue Badge displayed had been cancelled as lost,
  • Mr Kadece Williams of Holmesdale Road, South Norwood – Blue Badge displayed in the absence of the holder,
  • Mr John West of Fairlawn, Charlton – Blue Badge had been cancelled as lost,
  • Mr Aaron Geilly of Douglas Close, Wallington – Blue Badge had been cancelled as stolen,
  • Ms Margaret Miller of Whitefield Close, Orpington – counterfeit Blue Badge displayed,
  • Mr Terry Boyles of Palace Grove, Bromley – expired Blue Badge displayed,
  • Mr Ambimbola Oluwaseyi of Macgregor Road, Newham - Blue Badge had been cancelled as stolen,
  • Mr David Janes of Bridges Lane, Croydon - counterfeit Blue Badge displayed.

Only one of the Blue Badges associated with these offences was issued by Bromley while the rest were issued by other local authorities.  In four of the cases, the Blue Badges were counterfeit and therefore, not associated with a local authority.  Five cases involved Bromley residents.

During the last year, more than 70 motorists have been prosecuted for similar Blue Badge misuse related offences in Bromley.

Full details about the Blue Badge scheme rules and avoiding misuse are available on our website.

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

Notes

  1. Mr Gjorji Gjorgievski of Yeats Close, Neasden, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 02/03/21.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge £34 - total £753.
  2. Mr Kadece Williams of Holmesdale Road, South Norwood, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 02/03/21.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £44 - total £763.
  3. Mrs Veseleine Vaida of Ridgeway Drive, Bromley, pleaded guilty by post ahead of a hearing on 08/03/21 at Bromley Magistrates Court.  She was fined £124 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £34 - total £508.
  4. Ms Georgia Borg of Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, pleaded guilty by post ahead of a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 08/03/21.  She was fined £115 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £34 - total £299.
  5. Mr John West of Fairlawn, Charlton, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 08/03.21.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £34 - total £753.
  6. Mr Davidson Lynch of Oak Bank, New Addington, changed his plea to guilty prior to his trial at Bromley Magistrates Court on 16/03/21.  He was fined £108 and ordered to pay costs of £687 and a surcharge of £32 - total £827.
  7. Mr Aaron Geilly of Douglas Close, Wallington, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 22/03/21.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £44 - total £763.
  8. Ms Margaret Miller of Whitefield Close, Orpington, was proved guilty in her absence at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 22/03/21.  She was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £44 - total £763.
  9. Mr Terry Boyles of Palace Grove, Bromley, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 22/03/21.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £44 - total £763.
  10. Mr Ambimbola Oluwaseyi of Macgregor Road, Newham, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/03/21.  He was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £34 - total £393.
  11. Mr Nqibullah Shinwari of High Street, St Mary Cray, pleaded guilty by post ahead of a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/03/21.  He was fined £132 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £34 - total £516.
  12. Ms Sharon Challis of Havelock Road, Dartford, pleaded guilty by post ahead of a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/03/21.  She was fined £253 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £34 - total £637.
  13. Mr David Janes of Bridges Lane, Croydon, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 18/05/21.  He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £279 and a surcharge of £34 - total £533.
  14. Mr Perry Skinner of Croydon Road, Keston, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 07/06/21.   He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £34 - total £604.
  15. Mr Adam Stevenson of Howard Road, Penge, was proved guilty in his absence at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 07/06/21.  He was fined £151 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £34 - total £535.