Blue Badge abuse results in more convictions for offenders

Published Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Drivers are being warned against abusing the Blue Badge scheme following seven more prosecutions for Blue Badge misuse related offences.

In all seven cases, the drivers had taken advantage of parking concessions they were not entitled to. The nature of the offences included the display of stolen Blue Badges, badges belonging to family members in their absence, using a badge after the holder had passed away, failing to produce a Blue Badge for inspection and providing false information relating to the driver of a vehicle.  Fines totalling £2,426 including court costs and surcharges were issued to the defendants.

These cases follow seven previous Blue Badge misuse offences that were convicted in February and March of this year. Four of these cases involved the prosecution of a vehicle owner or hirer 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.  The offences included displaying counterfeit, cancelled and stolen Blue Badges with fines amounting to £4,115 including courts costs and surcharges.  

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “I am shocked at the very serious nature of these latest offences and dismayed that the only reason for it seems that it saves a bit of time or a few pence. I wonder if these drivers realise that their completely selfish actions are massively impacting on the everyday lives of genuine scheme users.  Perhaps now that they have a criminal conviction and all the unpleasant consequences that go with it, they will realise how serious this type of abuse is and think twice before committing an offence in the future.”

Councillor Lymer added: “Drivers need to realise that driving away from the scene of the crime is not the answer and anyone who thinks we won’t catch up with them is sadly mistaken. Where misuse is proven, we will take steps to identify the keeper or hirer of the vehicle and if our correspondence is ignored, we will prosecute.”

Since the beginning of 2019, more than 80 motorists have been prosecuted for Blue Badge misuse offences in Bromley.

Of the seven most recent cases, four drivers displayed Blue Badges belonging to family members in their absence, these were;  Mr Cagan Ercaglayan of Galahad Road, Bromley, Mr Salvatore Russo of Beaconsfield Road, Mottingham, and two drivers from Bromley and Orpington who could not be named to protect the identity of a child. 

Mr Christopher Jackson of Gander Green Lane, Sutton was found guilty of displaying a stolen Blue Badge.  

Mr Caner Sanli of Ryder Drive, Rotherhithe, was found guilty of three offences; using a lost/stolen badge, failing to produce a disabled persons parking badge for inspection and providing false information relating to the driver of the vehicle.

Miss Elaine Treadwell of Thrale Road, Streatham, displayed a Blue Badge that been cancelled after the holder had passed away.

Five of the badges displayed when these offences took place were issued by other boroughs. Four of the defendants 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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Editors' notes

1. Mr Cagan Ercaglayan of Galahad Road, Bromley, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 08/06/20.  He was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs £100 and a surcharge £30 - total £170.

2. Mr Christopher Jackson of Gander Green Lane, Sutton, was convicted in his absence at a Bexley Magistrates Court hearing on 08/06/20.  He was fined £150 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £30 - total £530.

3. Mr Salvatore Russo of Beaconsfield Road, Mottingham, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 08/06/20.  He was given a 12-month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £21 – total £121.

4. Mr Caner Sanli of Ryder Drive, Rotherhithe, was convicted in his absence at a Bexley Magistrates Court hearing on 08/06/20.  He was fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge £35 - total £735.

5. Miss Elaine Treadwell of Thrale Road, Streatham, was convicted in her absence at a Bexley Magistrates Court hearing on 08/06/20. She was fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge £30.00 - total £530.

6. A driver from Bromley who could not be named to protect the identity of a child pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 08/06/20.  She was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs £100 and a surcharge £30 - total £170.

7. A driver from Orpington who could not be named to protect the identity of a child pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 08/06/20.  She was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs £100 and a surcharge £30 - total £170.

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