Two caught misusing disabled badges

Two people ahve been caught out misusing disabled blue badges in Leighton Buzzard.

One woman was using her father’s Blue Badge.

Marilyn Howard, 63, of Finch Close, admitted the charge via letter at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (1 August).

She was fined £187, ordered to pay £250 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Ms Howard was caught out during a Central Bedfordshire Council operation tackling Blue Badge fraud on 22 February 2017.

Officers spotted a car parked in a space restricted for Blue Badge holders in Bridge Street car park, in Leighton Buzzard.

Although a Blue Badge was on display, when officers checked they found that the Blue Badge holder was at home and did not realise that his daughter had borrowed it.

Ms Howard claimed that she had needed to park in that spot due to an emergency with her passenger.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Deputy Leader of the council, said:

“Ms Howard had no justification for using her father’s Blue Badge as he wasn’t present, which is why she has been prosecuted for fraud.

“I hope this acts as a reminder that we take Blue Badge fraud seriously here and will take action against anyone found using one unlawfully.”

Meanwhile, as part of an operation tackling Blue Badge fraud back in December, officers spotted a car parked in a space reserved for Blue Badge holders in Lake Street.

Although the Blue Badge on display was valid, when officers checked they found it was registered not to Frank Lynch, the man parked in the space, but his wife.

Mr Lynch, of Watford Way, Hendon, later told officers that he had taken the badge while his wife was sleeping – and this was backed up by her in an interview, claiming she had no knowledge that he was using it.

He confirmed that he is not disabled and had no right to use the Blue Badge personally.

Mr Lynch admitted Blue Badge fraud at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (1 August) and was fined £440, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Councillor Richard Wenham said:

“Regardless of Mr Lynch’s reason for using his wife’s Blue Badge and parking where he did, it has cost him dear as he is now more than £700 out of pocket and also has a criminal conviction to boot.

“The rules around Blue Badge use are very clear and if we catch people using them fraudulently then we will take action.”

If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge you can report it the council by calling 0300 300 8035 or emailing car.badges@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Source: https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2345074/two-caught-misusing-disabled-badges/

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