Following a successful prosecution by Watford Borough Council, a town centre shopper has been ordered to pay £305 for using a Blue Badge that wasn’t his to park illegally.
Paul Thompson from Biggleswade was fined £100 and ordered to pay £175 in prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge at St Albans Magistrates Court recently.
When Watford Borough Council fraud investigators joined Herts police officers on patrol, they noticed a car parked on a single yellow line on George Street with a Blue Badge displayed on the dashboard.
The Blue Badge was examined and it was discovered that it did not belong to him or his passengers but to his mother. When questioned about where his mother was, Mr Thompson claimed she was in town but after further questioning he admitted that the Blue Badge holder was not with him.
The Blue Badge scheme allows disabled people to park closer to their destination and permits them to park on single and double yellow lines, in designated disabled bays and also in certain pay and display bays without charge.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We will not tolerate the abuse of the Blue Badge scheme in Watford, which is in place to help people who need it. We will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to bring people who misuse the scheme to justice.”
Mr Thompson was interviewed under caution. He admitted to using the Blue Badge without the Blue Badge holder being present. He was summoned to St Albans Magistrates Court for an offence under the Road Traffic Act, where he pleaded guilty.
If you suspect that a motorist is regularly misusing a Blue Badge, please report this to the Parking Service on 01923 278890 or, by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The easiest way for Hertfordshire residents to find out if they qualify and apply for a Blue Badge is online at hertfordshire.gov.uk/bluebadge