Blue Badge misuse leads to prosecutions of more family members
Published Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Five more drivers have been caught and prosecuted for misusing a Blue Badge, and ordered to pay fines totalling £2,523.
In four of the cases, the drivers displayed Blue Badges belonging to family members while the fifth driver displayed a friend’s badge. In all cases, the drivers were caught while benefitting from parking concessions in the absence of the badge holder.
To date, more than 175 drivers have been prosecuted in Bromley for Blue Badge offences since the launch of the misuse campaign in 2016. Similar offences include displaying Blue Badges that have been cancelled due to being reported as lost or stolen, or cancelled because the holder has passed away.
Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “We are continuing to identify cases of Blue Badge misuse through routine on-street checks as part of the campaign. Our zero tolerance policy on Blue Badge misuse means that we will fully investigate the circumstances surrounding all incidents, with prosecution being the outcome, with a criminal conviction, court sentence and no doubt adverse publicity all resulting from it.”
Councillor Lymer added: “I am stunned at the casual attitude of some drivers who seem to think it is okay to abuse a scheme designed to help those in genuine mobility need. It is especially upsetting that the majority of those caught are family members of the badge holder. There is no excuse for the blatant misuse of Blue Badges, and it is a real shame that these drivers only seem to realise the consequences of their actions and the gravity of this offence when it is too late. Be warned that our zero tolerance policy will continue and anyone caught using a badge in the absence of the holder will be prosecuted”.
The following drivers were found guilty of displaying a Blue Badge in the absence of the holder:
- Ms Sheralyne Keenan of Tillingbourne Green, Orpington
- Ms Huda Okuonghae of Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley
- Ms Tanisha Jemmott of Hillside Road, Streatham
- Ms Sandra Clarke of Bronze Street, Deptford
- A parent from Downham, Bromley, who has not been named to protect the identity of the child
All offences took place between 21 November 2018 and 5 February 2019. Only one of the badges displayed was issued by Bromley Council,
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
- Ms Sheralyne Keenan of Tillingbourne Green, Orpington, attended her hearing and pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on 12/06/19 having failed to attend her first hearing on 24/04/19. She was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £250 and a surcharge of £30 – total £400.
- Ms Huda Okuonghae of Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, was found guilty at her trial at Bromley Magistrates Court on 07/06/19. She was fined £192 and ordered to pay costs of £875 and a surcharge of £30 – total £1,097.
- Ms Tanisha Jemmott of Hillside Road, Streatham, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 08/05/19. She was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £505.
- Ms Sandra Clarke of Bronze Street, Deptford, pleaded guilty by post for her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 08/05/19. She was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £275 and a surcharge of £30 – total £451.
- An unnamed motorist from Downham, Bromley, pleaded guilty at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 08/05/19. She was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £20 – total £70.