Driver and passenger fined more than £600 under council crackdown on Blue Badge cheats

Published: 14 October 2019

A driver and passenger both found themselves in the hot seat after they were caught misusing a blue badge permit in Redbridge.

The duo were hauled before court and hit with fines and costs totalling £630 as the council continued its crackdown on abuse of the permits.

The fraudsters were ordered to pay the fines for misusing the badges on the borough’s streets when they appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 September.

It is the latest in a string of prosecutions under the council’s zero-tolerance approach to blue badge fraud.

The crackdown on people misusing blue badge permits has led to more than 20 cheats being fined – some of whom were also disqualified from driving.

Hundreds of badges have been checked by the council, with most cases brought to court involving people using someone else’s badge to avoid paying for parking.

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.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said

“It is appalling to see blue badge fraud, especially when those who abuse the system know they are taking up spaces which genuine disabled people need.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behaviour - especially as I have ensured on street parking bays that provide 60 minutes free parking. Let’s work together to stamp this out.”

Cllr Helen Coomb, Member for Transformation and Engagement said:

“There are robust rules in place to ensure that blue badges are not misused. The permits are issued to people who face real difficulty in getting around and are often a vital lifeline.

“Anyone using a blue badge fraudulently is taking away a valuable parking space from those in genuine need of it, making it even harder for people with mobility issues to go about their daily business.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our borough, and I’m pleased to say there are more prosecutions on 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

Prosecution details:

  • Daniel Paczkowski, 38, from Church Street Edmonton London, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council to park on Oakfield Road, Ilford in January 2019. Fine 150, £135 costs and £30 victim surcharge
  • Ewa Maj, from Elmstead Road Ilford, pleaded guilty to wrongful use of a disabled person's badge issued by Redbridge Council to park on Oakfield Road, Ilford in January 2019. Fine 150, £135 costs and £30 victim surcharge

 

 

 

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