Blue badge abuse prosecution

Latest news in Yorkshire: August 09, 2017 10:29:30 AM

A motorist who used a child’s disabled parking badge while the youngster was not present has been fined following a successful prosecution by Rotherham Council.

Khadija Khan (48) of Grange Road, Rotherham, pleaded guilty by post of using her child’s blue badge to park her vehicle in a designated disabled parking bay on College Street, Rotherham in May 2017.

The child was in school at the time the badge was being used by Ms Khan, who was fined £40 with £180 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Councillor Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said “This is a further example of a blue badge being used for the convenience of someone who was not entitled to use it.

“Our Parking Team is very alert to fraudulent use of blue badges so there is a good chance that drivers who use blue badges outside the law will be caught. Drivers need to consider whether it is worth risking a conviction to avoid having to walk a short distance or putting money in a ‘pay and display’ machine.

“If we catch drivers using blue badges without being entitled to do so, we will prosecute where it is in the public interest.”

The case was heard at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Friday 28 July 2017.

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