Blue Badge misuse campaign: warning to relatives

Published Friday, 16 November 2018

Relatives of Blue Badge holders are being warned not to misuse the badge following a series of prosecutions as part of the council’s ongoing campaign to stop misuse in the borough.

Nineteen prosecutions resulted with fines totalling £9,798 for misuse of a Blue Badge and in most cases, the badge displayed belonged to a relative.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “It is sad to see this kind of scheme abuse is continuing as it affects the everyday lives of genuine scheme users directly. The casual attitude of some drivers who knowingly misuse Blue Badges belonging to their relatives is unacceptable and must change.  These drivers must realise that Blue Badge misuse is a serious matter regardless of the circumstances and a zero tolerance applies in all cases.  If they continue, they will be caught and must be prepared to accept the unpleasant consequences – a criminal record, a fine and the shame of being named publicly.”

Councillor Lymer added: “Only a small minority of the cases prosecuted recently involved Bromley residents so it seems the message is getting through but we will keep working to make sure everyone knows.”

Thirteen  drivers who were caught displaying a Blue Badge when the holder was not present were; Miss Nurcan Hussein, Mr Graham Lee, Mrs Ummu Niyazi, Mr Kevin Ali, Mr Robert Edwards, Mrs Sevim Nurhakli, Ms Monica Scarabelle, Ms Veronica McCaulsky, Miss Hayley Meyers, Miss Tina Caradas, Mr John Jones,  Mrs Jacqueline McGowan-Flemming and Ms Eve Odigie

Three drivers displayed cancelled Blue Badges; Mr Sinan Ozaner, Mr Kevin Cooper and Ms Helena Carter - in the latter two cases, the badge displayed belonged to a deceased relative.

Three parents were caught displaying a badge issued to their child when they were elsewhere.

All offences took place between the 8 January and 20 July this year.

The misuse campaign aims to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge scheme and in recognition of enforcement processes and innovative measures designed for this purpose, Disabled Motoring UK recently awarded the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley with the prestigious Local Authority Enforcement Award.

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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Notes

  1. Miss Nurcan Hussein of Holbeach Road, Catford, changed her plea to guilty on her trial date of 28 September 2018; she was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £30 – a total of £480.
  2. Mr Graham Lee of Brightside Road, Hither Green, pleaded guilty by post on 3 October 2018; he was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a surharge of £30 – total £476.
  3. Mrs Ummu Niyazi  of Undercliff Road, Lewisham, pleaded guilty by post on 3 October 2018; she was fined  £146 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a surcharge of £30 – total £476.
  4. Mr Kevin Ali of Birkbeck Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty by post on 3 October 2018; he was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a  surcharge of £30 – total £476.
  5. Mr Robert Edwards of Shillibeer Walk, Chigwell, pleaded guilty by post on 3rd October 2018; he was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a  surcharge of £30 – total £476.
  6. Mrs Sevim Nurhakli of London Road, Bromley, failed to attend her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 3rd October 2018; the case was therefore proven in her absence and she was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £450 and a surcharge of £44 – total £934.
  7. Ms Monica Scarabelle of Kimbolton Close, Lee, pleaded guilty by post on 3 October 2018; she was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a  surcharge of £30 – total £550.
  8. Ms Veronica McCaulsky of Westbury Road, Penge, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018; she was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £480.
  9. Miss Hayley Meyers of Storth Oaks Mead, Chislehurst, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018; she was fined £160 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £340.
  10. Ms Tina Caradas of Shroffold Road, Downham, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018; she was fined £160 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £340.
  11. Mr John Jones of Gurney Crescent, Croydon, failed to attend his trial at Bexley Magistrates Court on 6 November 2018; the case was therefore proven in his absence and he was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £30 – total £730.
  12. Mrs Jacqueline McGowan-Flemming of Waterbank Road, Catford, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018; she was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £480.
  13. Ms Eve Odigie of Evelina Road, Peckham, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018; she was fined £160 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £340.
  14. Mr Sinan Ozaner of Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, failed to attend his trial at Bromley Magistrates Court on 7 November 2018;  the case was therefore proven in his absence and he was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £44 – total £984.
  15. Mr Kevin Cooper of Longheath Gardens, Croydon, pleaded guilty by post on 24 October 2018; he was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a  surcharge of £66 – total £876.
  16. Ms Helena Carter of Ladywood Avenue, Petts Wood, pleaded guilty by post  on 24 October 2018; she was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of  £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £400.
  17. An unnamed driver from Newham pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018 and was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £400.
  18. An unnamed driver from Croydon pleaded guilty by post on 7 November 2018 and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total £230.
  19. An unnamed driver from New Addington pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 7 November 2018 and was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total  £330.

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