Series of Blue Badge misuse prosecutions prompt relative warning

Published Thursday, 14 February 2019

Relatives of Blue Badge holders are being warned not to misuse their loved one’s Blue Badge following a number of prosecutions, all part of the council’s ongoing campaign to stop misuse in the borough

Fourteen more prosecutions have resulted, with fines totalling £5,878 for the misuse of a Blue Badge. In all fourteen cases, the badge belonged to a family member and these recent prosecutions bring the total to over 150 prosecutions since the start of the campaign in 2016.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Bromley’s zero tolerance policy on Blue Badge misuse is continuing, with those misusing the Blue Badge facing a criminal conviction, a fine and the embarrassment of the offence coming to light among friends and family.”

Councillor Lymer added, “I would also appealing to Blue Badge holders to make sure that your relatives do not misuse your Blue Badge, which will hopefully stop the casual attitude that we see with a number of drivers. This type of behavior is still too common and has a negative impact on the integrity of the scheme, which we are determined to protect.”

The fourteen drivers who were caught misusing a Blue Badge in the absence of the holder were:

  • Mr Thomas Galbraith of Quince Tree Close, Essex
  • Mrs Sumathy Thayalacumar of Romanhurst Gardens, Bromley
  • Ms Shehla Ansari of Charlotte Park Avenue, Bromley
  • Ms Joelene St Hillare, of Mercator Road, Lewisham
  • Ms Anam Ishaq, of Chudleigh Road, Lewisham
  • Mr Damian Brzezinski, of New Cross Road, Lewisham,
  • Ms Songal Gurbuz, of Nesbit Close, Blackheath
  • Mrs June Harriss, of Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath
  • Mr Mark Willoughby, of Kynaston Avenue, Croydon
  • Ms Patricia Philomin, of St Filians Road, Catford
  • Mr Jordan Smith of Osborne Road, Essex
  • Mr Reon Wade of Malling Way, Bromley, who displayed a cancelled blue Badge that belonged to a deceased relative and
  • two unnamed motorists, who are parents and used their child’s Blue Badge and are not named to protect the identity of the child. 

All offences took place between the 12 June and 26 September last year, three of which are Bromley residents and only two of the Blue Badges displayed were issued by Bromley Council.

Full details about Blue Badge scheme rules to avoid misuse are available at www.bromley.gov.uk/parking

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

ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Advisor, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk

Notes

  1. Mr Thomas Galbraith of Quince Tree Close, Essex, failed to attend his trial on 19 December 2018 at Bromley Magistrates Court.  He was found guilty when the case was proven in his absence, fined £430 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £44 – total £824.
  2. Mrs Sumathy Thayalacumar of Romanhurst Gardens, Bromley, pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December; she was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £260.
  3. Ms Shehla Ansari of Charlotte Park Avenue, Bromley, pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December; she was fined £253 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £433.
  4. Ms Joelene St Hillare of Mercator Road, Lewisham, pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December; she was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £260.
  5. Ms Anam Ishaq of Chudleigh Road, Lewisham, pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December; she was fined £238 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £418.
  6. Mr Damian Brzezinski of New Cross Road, Lewisham, pleaded guilty at his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December; he was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £260.
  7. Ms Songal Gurbuz of Nesbit Close, Blackheath, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December 2018; she was fined £293 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £573.
  8. Mrs June Harriss of Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December 2018; she was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £260.
  9. Mr Reon Wade of Malling Way, Bromley, pleaded guilty at his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 9 January 2019; he was fined £115 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £420.
  10. Mr Mark Willoughby of Kynaston Avenue, Croydon, pleaded guilty by post for his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 9 January 2019; he was fined £215 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £520.
  11. Ms Patricia Philomin of St Filians Road, Catford, failed to attend her trial at Bromley Magistrates Court on 16 January 2019.  The case was proven in her absence and she was found guilty, fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £400 and a surcharge of £30 – total £530.
  12. Mr Jordan Smith of Osborne Road, Essex, was found guilty at his trial at Bromley Magistrates Court on 18 January 2019; he was fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £630.
  13. An unnamed motorist from Lewisham pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 19 December 2018 and was fined £80, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £30 – total £260.
  14. An unnamed motorist from Grove Park pleaded guilty by post for a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 16 January 2019 and was fined £100, ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total £230.