Blue Badge misuse leads to more prosecutions and fines

Published Friday, 8 March 2019

Thirteen more drivers have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines totalling £4,932 after being caught using a Blue Badge in the absence of the badge holder.

Since the Blue Badge misuse campaign was introduced in Bromley in 2016 to protect the Blue Badge scheme, more than 165 drivers have been prosecuted.  The badges used in the majority of these cases belonged to family members.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said; “I am sure that if these motorists had realised the serious consequences of their actions and the shame a prosecution can bring, they would not have abused a scheme designed to help those with genuine mobility need.”

Councillor Lymer added; “We work hard to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge scheme and it’s really disappointing to see that it is mainly badge holders’ relatives who continue to abuse it.  Please be warned that our zero tolerance continues which means we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone caught using a badge in the absence of the holder.  Not knowing the rules is not an excuse for abusing the scheme.”

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

  • Mr John Parker of Greenwich High Road, Greenwich
  • Ms Kim Hedge of Newlands Park, Sydenham
  • Ms Catherine McGeown of Wiverton Road, Sydenham
  • Mr Jude Boyo-Ejuetami of Woolstone Road, Sydenham
  • Ms Mandy Leflock of Bourneside Gardens, Catford
  • Mrs C Campbell of Rosewell Close, Anerley
  • Ms Rebecca Jones of Brockman Drive, Downham
  • Six unnamed parents / relatives from Orpington, Brockley, Bromley, Dulwich and two from South Norwood, who displayed a child’s Blue Badge, have not been named to protect the identity of the child. 

All offences took place between the 10 August and 20 December last year; six of the drivers are Bromley residents and only four 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

Editor’s notes -

  1. Mr John Parker of Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, submitted a guilty plea for his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019.  He was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total £210.
  2. An unnamed motorist from Orpington, who pleaded guilty by post for a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019, was fined £280 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £585.
  3. An unnamed motorist from Brockley, who pleaded guilty by post for a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019, was fined £70 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total £200.
  4. Ms Kim Hedge of Newlands Park, Sydenham, who pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019, was fined £270 and ordered to pay costs of 275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £575.
  5. Ms Catherine McGeown of Wiverton Road, Sydenham, who pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019, was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £345.
  6. Mr Jude Boyo-Ejuetami of Woolstone Road, Forest Hill, who pleaded guilty at his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 13 February 2019, was fined £69 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £374.
  7. An unnamed motorist from South Norwood, who pleaded guilty by post for a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £360.
  8. Ms Mandy Leflock of Bourneside Gardens, Catford, who pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £360.
  9. An unnamed motorist from South Norwood, who pleaded guilty at a hearing a Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £360.
  10. An unnamed motorist from Bromley, who pleaded guilty at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £360.
  11. Mrs C Campbell of Rosewell Close, Anerley, who pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £346 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £34 – total £630.
  12. Ms Rebecca Jones of Brockman Drive, Downham, who pleaded guilty at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, received an absolute discharge, with no fine or costs payable.
  13. An unnamed motorist from Dulwich, who pleaded guilty at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27 February 2019, was fined £293 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £573.

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