Blue Badge misuse: a further warning to relatives

Published Thursday, 2 May 2019

A further warning goes out to relatives of Blue Badge holders as ten more drivers who were caught misusing a Blue Badge have been prosecuted and handed fines totalling £5,558.

All these drivers displayed Blue Badges belonging to family members, thereby benefitting from parking concessions which only badge holders are to and in some cases, denying parking spaces for genuine blue badge holders.  

These further prosecutions bring the total to more than 170 since the launch of Bromley’s Blue Badge misuse campaign in 2016.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Despite previous warnings, family members remain the worst offenders for Blue Badge misuse offences.  The Blue Badge scheme includes rightly generous provision for badge holders but it must not be used by family members as some sort of perk.  The council has a zero tolerance policy towards misuse, to protect the integrity of the scheme and we will prosecute in all cases.  Our officers continue to check for correct use of Blue Badges across the borough daily and any driver who thinks they can make an excuse to get away with misusing a badge will find out the hard way.”

Councillor Lymer added: “Surely paying a few pence to park or walking a short distance is a better option than misusing a Blue Badge and ending up in court with a hefty fine and a criminal conviction.  If these drivers had realised the consequences of their actions, I’m sure they would have chosen the better option.” 

The following drivers displayed a Blue Badge in the absence of the holder:

  • Mr Danny Churchill of Ivorydown, Downham
  • Ms Claire Frankis of Riddons Road, Lee
  • Mr Mark Lambert of Ashingdon Close, Waltham Forest
  • Ms Nicola Wilson of Fenwick Road, Peckham
  • Miss Sandra Wade of Anthony Road, Welling
  • Mr Bernard Varndell of Waterside Avenue, Beckenham
  • Three parents from Lambeth, West Wickham and Woolwich who displayed badges belonging to their children have not been named to protect the childrens’ identities

Mr Nicholas Huggins of Gregory Walk, Battle, East Sussex, displayed a Blue Badge that had been cancelled, as the holder passed away a year before.

The investigations which led to these prosecutions were initially carried out by Bromley Council’s Blue Badge fraud and enforcement team and followed up through further enquiries including interviews under caution by investigators from Bromley’s fraud partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

All offences took place between 17 September 2018 and 15 January 2019.  Only two of the badges displayed were issued by Bromley Council and three of the drivers involved are Bromley residents.

Full details about the Blue Badge scheme rules and avoiding 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

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Notes to editors:

  1. Mr Danny Churchill of Ivorydown, Downham, failed to attend his first hearing on 13/02/19.  The case was therefore adjourned to be heard in his absence on 18/03/19, but he attended and pleaded guilty.  He was fined £550 and ordered to pay costs of £400 and a surcharge of £55 – total £1,005.
  2. Ms Claire Frankis of Riddons Road, Lee, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27/03/19.  She was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £451.
  3. Mr Nicholas Huggins of Gregory Walk, Battle, East Sussex, pleaded guilty by post for his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19.  He was fined £230 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £30 – total £610.
  4. Mr Mark Lambert of Ashingdon Close, Waltham Forest, pleaded guilty by post for his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19.  He was fined £443 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £44 – total £762.
  5. Ms Nicola Wilson of Fenwick Road, Peckham, pleaded guilty in person during her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19.  She was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £405.
  6. Miss Sandra Wade of Anthony Road, Welling, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19.  She was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £425.
  7. Mr Bernard Varndell of Waterside Avenue, Beckenham, pleaded guilty by post for his hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19.  He was fined £168 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £473.
  8. An unnamed motorist from Lambeth pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 27/03/19 and was fined £60 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £365.
  9. An unnamed motorist from West Wickham pleaded guilty by post for a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19 and was fined £334 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £33 – total £642.
  10. An unnamed motorist from Woolwich who pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 24/04/19 was fined £115 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £420.