Blue Badge misuse – more family members convicted

Published Friday, 14 February 2020

Relatives of Blue Badge holders are again being warned to make sure they only display the Blue Badge when the holder is with them, following prosecutions of more family members.

One of these was a vehicle owner prosecuted under Section 17 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1972 for failing to provide the driver’s details after a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident. In this case, a Blue Badge belonging to a family member was displayed in their absence.

The other was an able-bodied driver prosecuted for taking advantage of parking concessions she was not entitled to when she also displayed a Blue Badge in the absence of the holder.

Fines totalling £1,794 including court costs and surcharges were issued to the two defendants.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “It’s disheartening that once again, family members are responsible for abusing the Blue Badge scheme. These drivers must now be asking themselves why they took the risk and ended up with a fine and criminal record, when they could have paid to park for a small fee or walked a bit further.”

Councillor Lymer added: “I cannot stress strongly enough that misuse of a scheme designed to assist those with genuine disabilities will not be tolerated. We will continue to protect the scheme at all costs. Routine daily badge checks are being carried out across the borough and where misuse is suspected, our zero tolerance applies. We’ll investigate thoroughly, cross checking information given by the driver at the scene with the relevant organisations. Anyone who thinks they can continue to abuse the scheme, please be warned - you will be caught and prosecuted.”

Since the beginning of 2019, more than 65 motorists have been prosecuted for similar Blue Badge misuse offences in Bromley.

Ms Ellen Baker-Lee of Brewery Road, Bromley, was guilty of failing to provide details of the individual who was driving her vehicle when a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident occurred on 4 July 2019. The vehicle was parked in Mitre Close car park in Bromley.

Ms Giti Fazly of Dillwyn Close, Sydenham, was guilty of displaying a Blue Badge on 4 August 2019 to park in a shared use bay in West Street, Bromley, when the holder was not present.

Both badges were displayed when these offences took place and were issued by neighbouring boroughs. One of the defendants is a Bromley resident.

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

1. Ms Ellen Baker-Lee of Brewery Road, Bromley, failed to attend her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 29/01/20. She was convicted in her absence, fined £660 and ordered to pay costs of £458 and a surcharge of £66 – total £1,184.

2. Ms Giti Fazly of Dillwyn Close, Sydenham, pleaded guilty in person at her hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on 29/01/20. She was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £458 and a surcharge of £32 – total £610.