Blue Badge offences result in further convictions

Published Monday, 20 July 2020

Eleven drivers and a vehicle owner have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines totalling £4,352 for Blue Badge misuse related offences.

All eleven drivers were guilty of taking advantage of Blue Badge scheme parking concessions that they were not entitled to. The offences included displaying counterfeit badge, badges that had been cancelled due to loss and theft, badges belonging to individuals who had passed away and using badges when the holders were not present.

A vehicle owner was prosecuted under Section 112 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 for failing to provide information relating to the identification of a driver after a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident occurred involving the display of a child’s Blue Badge.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Once again, the nature of these latest offences is shocking, and I am extremely disappointed that they continue to occur locally. There is no excuse for displaying a cancelled badge and any driver who takes the risk should realise that Blue Badge checks are part of our officers’ daily duties and these checks include verifying the validity of the badge at the scene. A zero tolerance applies to anyone caught abusing the scheme which means a criminal conviction for the offender in all cases.”

Councillor Lymer added: “It seems that drivers who knowingly abuse the scheme either don’t realise or don’t care about the impact their actions are having on those with genuine disabilities or health conditions and it’s shameful that in many cases, the driver is related to the badge holder. I cannot stress strongly enough that Blue Badge scheme abuse will not be tolerated because of the serious effects it has on the everyday lives of genuine badge holders. If you want to avoid a criminal conviction, only use the badge in accordance with the scheme rules, it’s as simple as that.”

Since the beginning of the year, more than 40 motorists have been prosecuted for Blue Badge misuse related offences in Bromley.

Five drivers who were guilty of displaying a Blue Badge in the absence of the holder were; Mr Mirza Beg of Vincent Road, Woolwich, Ms Wendy Jefferson of Chestnut Avenue, West Wickham and Mr Mohammed Khawja of Grindley Gardens, Croydon, and two other drivers from Bromley and Forest Hill who could not be named to protect the identity of a child.

Miss Carol Stevens of Headcorn Road, Thornton Heath, and Ms Gemma Terry of Faiths Road, Dulwich, were both guilty of displaying a Blue Badge that had been cancelled after the holder had passed away.

Mr Saeed Lule of Glaucus Street, Bow, displayed a stolen Blue Badge. Miss Senami Otti of Beechwood Place, Greenwich, displayed a counterfeit badge. Miss Shireen Malcolm of Lincoln Road, South Norwood, displayed a badge that had been cancelled as lost. A driver from Nunhead who couldn’t be named to protect the identity of a child also displayed a cancelled badge.

An unnamed driver from Bromley was guilty of failing to provide information relating to the identification of the person driving her vehicle when a suspected misuse incident occurred which involved the display of a child’s Blue Badge.

All but one of the Blue Badges associated with these offences were issued by other boroughs. Three of the cases involved 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

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

1. Mr Mirza Beg of Vincent Road, Woolwich, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. He was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a surcharge of £32 - total £528.

2. Ms Wendy Jefferson of Chestnut Avenue, West Wickham, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £32 - total £482.

3. Mr Mohammed Khawja of Grindley Gardens, Croydon, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 06/07/20. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a surcharge of £32 - total £432.

4. An unnamed driver from Bromley pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £32 - total £252.

5. An unnamed driver from Forest Hill pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £32 - total £222.

6. Miss Carol Stevens of Headcorn Road, Thornton Heath, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £40 and a surcharge of £32 - total £422.

7. Ms Gemma Terry of Faiths Road, Dulwich, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 13/07/20. She was fined £83 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £32 - total £200.

8. Mr Saeed Lule of Glaucus Street, Bow, pleaded guilty by post ahead of his hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. He was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £44 - total £584.

9. Miss Senami Otti of Beechwood Place, Greenwich, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was discharged absolutely with no order for costs.

10. Miss Shireen Malcolm of Lincoln Road, South Norwood, pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 13/07/20. She was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a surcharge of £32 - total £328.

11. An unnamed driver from Nunhead pleaded guilty by post ahead of her hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a surcharge of £30 - total £550.

12. An unnamed vehicle keeper was found guilty in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on 29/06/20. She was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a surcharge of £32 - total £352.

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