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Blue badges give the holder a chance to park in earmarked bays
Blue badges give the holder a chance to park in earmarked bays

Seventeen prosecuted for wrongful use of blue badge

24 May 2007

Seventeen people have been ordered to pay a total of £8,810 after wrongfully using blue badges issued to disabled relatives so they could park for free in Sheffield.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday how blue badges issued to relatives including a 90-year-old pensioner and a five-year-old school pupil had been used by motorists including a University lecturer and retired doctor so they could park for free.

They were the first to be prosecuted by Sheffield City Council under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, with civil enforcement officers hoping to bring more cases in the weeks ahead.

The prosecutions come after the Council launched a clampdown on brazen blue badge bluffers with the improper use leading to a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £1,000 plus any costs awarded by the court.

Blue badges which are found to be used fraudulently – even if they have been issued for genuine reasons – can be confiscated as a result of any successful prosecution.

Paul Fell, Traffic and Parking Services Business Manager at Sheffield City Council, said:

“The Council is absolutely delighted that these first prosecutions have been made against drivers who abuse somebody else’s blue badge for their own gain.

“The improper use of Blue Badges has a major impact on people who actually have disabilities, causing parking problems and discrediting the whole scheme. If you let someone else use your blue badge, they will be prosecuted and fined and the vehicle will get a penalty charge notice too.

“Nobody else can use the blue badge unless they are travelling with the owner. We won’t hesitate to confiscate blue badge passes where they are misused.”

There’s a full list of Blue Badge regulations available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/parking/blue-badge or by calling 0114 2734567.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court issued the following fines on Tuesday.

Blue badges give the holder a chance to park in earmarked bays

Lindsay Grant, 39, of Crowder Road, pleaded guilty to using a disabled blue badge in Mushroom Lane, Sheffield, on September 27 last year and was fined £80, and ordered to pay costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Islas Ali, 43, of Birley Moor Avenue, pleaded guilty to using a disabled blue badge in Surrey Street, Sheffield, on 10 October last year and was ordered to pay £120 fine, £45 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Pavan Sharma, 35, of Hall Farm Way, Smalley, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to using a disabled blue badge in Trippet Lane, Sheffield, on 13 October last year and was ordered to pay £120 fine, £45 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Abdallah Alkanbashi, 33, of Sedan Street, was found guilty in his absence to using a disabled blue badge in Burgess Street, Sheffield, on 20 October last year and was ordered to pay £440 fine, £410 costs and £44 victim surcharge.

Heidi Alsadon, 42 , of New School Road, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Balm Green, Sheffield, on 18 October last year and was ordered to pay £80 fine, £45 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Lesley Saunders, 51, of Greenhill Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Victoria Road, off Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield. on 20 October last year and was ordered to pay £300 fine, £410 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Jayne Dickinson, 49, of Farrier Gate, High Green, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Carver Lane, Sheffield, on 28 October last year and was ordered to pay £300 fine, £410 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Shaun Smedley, of Alma Street, Alfreton, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, on 6 October last year and was ordered to pay £166 fine, £200 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Sonia Edgar, 38, of Newstead Road, Barnsley, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, on 11 October last year and was ordered to pay £80 fine, £200 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Nadweem Shah, 42, of High Gate, Sheffield, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Earl Way, Sheffield, on 14 October last year and was ordered to pay £80 fine, £200 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Sarah Harries, 55, of Holdings Road, Sheffield. pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Arundel Street, on 19 October last year and was ordered to pay £90 fine, £200 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Shamila Fazal, 29, of Bawtry Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Bank Street, Sheffield, on 6 October last year and was ordered to pay £80 fine, £200 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Parshotam Gupta, 77, of Riverdale Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in West Street, Sheffield on 24 September last year and was ordered to pay £300 fine, £410 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Kevin Marshall, 59, of Castledale Place, Sheffield, pleaded guilty by letter to using a disabled blue badge in Matilda Street, Sheffield, on 28 October last year and was ordered to pay £228 fine, £410 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Stephen Daley, of Lindhurst Road, Barnsley, was found guilty in his absence to using a disabled blue badge in Love Street, Sheffield, on 6 October last year and was ordered to pay £440 fine, £410 costs and £44 victim surcharge.

Loubra Kromer, of Adkins Road, Sheffield, was found guilty in her absence to using a disabled blue badge in Surrey Street, Sheffield, on 30 September last year and was ordered to pay £440 fine, £410 costs and £44 victim surcharge.

Hardeep Pabla, 56, of Hamilton Road, Sheffield, was found guilty in her absence to using a disabled blue badge in Rockingham Street, Sheffield, on 17 February this year and was ordered to pay £440 fine, £410 costs and £44 victim surcharge.

Blue badge fraud has been estimated to cost the country £46million each year.. A significant amount of this cost is lost parking income, as blue badge users can park for free in Council parking spaces and on some yellow line parking restrictions.

It is believed fraudulent blue badge use poses a significant cost to the city as the pay and display parking areas are not being used as they should be.

Disability Hub Chair John Quinn said he was pleased about the efforts of the council in preventing abuse and misuse of the Blue Badge scheme.

John, who has a mobility impairment and can’t walk any distance much greater than five or ten yards, said: “What people don’t realise is that for many disabled people the Blue Badge is the one thing that can offer us greater independence and help break down some of the barriers we face during our day to day lives.

“When I go out in Sheffield  I need to park close to the venue. If drivers who don’t need a blue badge use designated spaces they are taking away my freedom and ability to take part in my community.”