Blue Badge misuse continues resulting in further convictions

Published Friday, 3 July 2020

Twelve individuals have been prosecuted following incidences of misuse involving Blue Badges.

In all cases, able-bodied drivers used a Blue Badge to take advantage of parking concessions they were not entitled to. The nature of the offences included using stolen badges and displaying badges belonging to absent family members to park without paying or for convenience. Fines totalling £6,282 including court costs and surcharges were issued to the defendants.

Four of the 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. In two of these cases, the Blue Badges displayed had been reported as stolen prior to the offences.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “We work really hard to protect the Blue Badge scheme for genuine users, so it’s disheartening to see the number of individuals still being prosecuted for this type of abuse.  In most if not all cases, it seems that no thought has gone into the consequences when the badge has been put on display.  If the offenders had realised that they would end up with a fine and a criminal record which may have a negative impact on some aspects of their personal lives, I’m sure they would have behaved very differently.”

Councillor Lymer added: “Besides not being worth the risk, any able-bodied driver who displays a Blue Badge for their own benefit is depriving a genuinely disabled person from parking as close to a destination as they need to.  For this reason, we will continue with our daily Blue Badge checks and a zero tolerance will apply to anyone caught abusing the scheme.”

More than 60 individuals have been prosecuted for Blue Badge misuse related offences in the last year.

Seven drivers displayed Blue Badges belonging to family members in their absence, these were;  Ms Neisha Bishop of Laburnham Close, High Barnet, Mr Michael Naylor of Lockhurst Street, Lower Clapton, Mr Kamil Ghafoor of Peters Path, Sydenham, Mr Liam McGibbon of Edithna Street, Stockwell, Miss Amanda Osei of Chalfont Road, South Norwood and two drivers from South Croydon and Hornchurch, Essex, who could not be named to protect the identity of a child. 

Miss Emma Shubotham of Surrey Lane, Battersea, displayed her friend’s Blue Badge when she was not present.

Four drivers were guilty of failing to provide details of the individual who was driving their vehicle when a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident occurred.  These were; Mr John Henry of Taunton Lane, Coulsdon, Mr Rhys Joseph of Ancona Road, Plumstead, Mr Stephan Stewart of Widmore Road, Bromley, and Ms Pamela Thompson of South Island Place, Kennington.  The misuse incidents associated with the convictions of Mr John Henry and Mr Stephan Stewart involved the display of stolen Blue Badges.

All the badges displayed when these offences took place were issued by other boroughs. Only 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 Neisha Bishop of Laburnham Close, High Barnet, was convicted in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  She was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £30 - total £480.

  2. A driver from South Croydon who could not be named to protect the identity of a child was convicted in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  She was fined £175 and ordered to pay costs £200 and a surcharge £30 - total £405.

  3. Mr John Henry of Taunton Lane, Coulsdon, was convicted in his absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  He was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs £300 and a surcharge £30 - total £430.

  4. Mr Rhys Joseph of Ancona Road, Plumstead, was convicted in his absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  He was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £30 - total £480.

  5. Mr Michael Naylor of Lockhurst Street, Lower Clapton, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  He was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a surcharge of £30 – total £330.

  6. Miss Emma Shubotham of Surrey Lane, Battersea, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  She was fined £70 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £30 – total £200.

  7. Mr Stephan Stewart of Widmore Road, Bromley, was convicted in his absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  He was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £30 - total £480.

  8. Ms Pamela Thompson of South Island Place, Kennington, was convicted in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 16/06/20.  She was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs £279 and a surcharge £30 - total £409.

  9. Mr Kamil Ghafoor of Peters Path, Sydenham, was convicted in his absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 22/06/20.  He was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £66 - total £1,076.

  10. Mr Liam McGibbon of Edithna Street, Stockwell, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 22/06/20.  He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs £100 and a surcharge £44 - total £584.

  11. Miss Amanda Osei of Chalfont Road, South Norwood, was convicted in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 22/06/20. She was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs £350 and a surcharge £66 - total £1,076.

  12. A driver from Hornchurch, Essex, who could not be named to protect the identity of a child pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 22/06/20.  He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs £100 and a surcharge £32 - total £332.