Cracking down on misuse of Blue Badges

A Hounslow resident has been fined over £700 for misusing a Blue Badge.

Published: Monday, 24th July 2017

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A Hounslow resident has been fined over £700 for misusing a Blue Badge.

Sharon Davies was caught by Hounslow Council’s fraud team using a Blue Badge in Lampton Road that belonged to someone else.

It followed an unsuccessful application by Miss Davies for a Blue Badge on an earlier occasion.

Miss Davies attended Ealing Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. She was fined a total of £200 and ordered to pay £500 towards costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Blue badges are issued to disabled people who have severe mobility problems and need to park near to shops or other local amenities.

There are strict rules, which state that a blue badge is issued to an individual and not a vehicle. This means that if a blue badge holder is not present, the badge cannot be used. Hounslow

Council’s fraud team have the power to confiscate blue badges and bring in the fraudsters to be questioned by police and could lead to prosecution.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Protection and Enforcement, Hounslow Council, said: “We take the misuse of Blue Badges very seriously.

“The purpose of the Blue Badges are to help and support those who are disabled or who have severe difficulties in getting about, so they can park near to where they need to go. If they are misused, it creates problems for those who genuinely need to use them.”

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