Three blue badge cheats lose their driving licence

Published: 12 August 2019

Three blue badge cheats have been disqualified from driving as Redbridge Council continues its crackdown on abuse of the permits.

In total, four fraudsters were hit with fines and costs totalling £1500 for misusing the badges on the borough’s streets when they appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 2 August.

Three of them lost their licence for periods ranging from 28 days to four months when the sentences were handed out.

The cases are just the latest in a wave of prosecutions under the council’s zero-tolerance approach to blue badge fraud.

Blue badge permits are designed to give those with serious mobility issues and disabilities the opportunity to manage their lives more easily by offering greater freedom and flexibility to park in the borough.

Redbridge Council is taking a tough stance against this type of crime to ensure the protection of its disabled parking provision.

Cllr Helen Coomb, Member for Transformation and Engagement said:

“The Blue Badge permit is a vital lifeline for many of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, and anyone misusing it is preventing those in genuine need from accessing on-street parking where and when they need it most.

“These selfish criminals reduce parking spaces for genuine permit holders who truly need them.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. I’m pleased to say that these recent prosecutions are just the start, with more along the way. Our message is very clear: if you misuse a blue badge, you will be prosecuted.”

Blue badges can only be used by the named badge holder, either as a passenger or driver. 

Misuse is a criminal offence and can result in a maximum fine of £1,000.

For more information on the blue badge scheme in Redbridge, go to www.redbridge.gov.uk/parking/blue-badge/

To report suspected blue badge fraud, call us on 0800 633 5267 or email whistleblow@redbridge.gov.uk

 

Sunita Begum, 39, from Medway Close, Ilford, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council, to park in North Road, Seven Kings in January 2019. Fine £180, costs £220, victim surcharge £30. Begum was also disqualified from driving for four months.

Jodhsingh Jandoo, 77, from Perth Road, Ilford, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council, to park in Oakfield Road, Ilford in January 2019. Fine £80, costs £220, victim surcharge £30. Jandoo was also disqualified from driving for 28 days.

Masuma Lona, 26, from Greenhill Grove, Manor Park, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council, to park in the Town Hall Car Park, Chadwick Road, Ilford in Janurary 2019. Fine £160, costs £220, victim surcharge £30. Lona was also disqualified from driving for four months.

Iqbal Hakima Khan, 51, from Breamore Road, Ilford, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council, to park in Kenneth More Road, Ilford in January 2019. Fine £80, costs £220, victim surcharge £30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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