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Blue Badge Parking Fraudsters

Misusing a blue badge comes at a hefty price

Published on February 8th 2012.

Blue Badge Parking Fraudsters

FOUR drivers have been fined for blue badge parking offences since the New Year. The drivers were fined over £2,500 in total.

“I had no change on me, and I have never done this before”

Andrew Roberts, 42, from Newcastle Under Lyme pleaded guilty to charges of using a deceased person's blue badge and was fined £460, along with court costs and a victims of crimes surcharge of £441. Roberts' grandmother had been the actual badge holder but had passed away.

Asad Husain Jafri, 37, from Chorlton was fined £525 after failing to attend court when summoned and also ordered to pay £309 in court costs and a victims of crime surcharge. He used his mother's blue parking badge and said simply he had “needed to park for a few hours” when questioned.

Safoora Begum Khan, 53, from Chorlton pleaded guilty to abusing a blue badge and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and a victims of crime surcharge. She had changed her husband's expired blue badge because "it was out of date."

Mordechai Feldman, 34, from London was fined £170 after pleading guilty and also had to pay £458 in costs and a victims of crime surcharge. He used his daughter's expired  blue badge and said “I had no change on me, and I have never done this before” when questioned about the offence.

Last year 83 people were caught and successfully prosecuted for blue badge offences and fined almost £50,000 in total. 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Rachel BestFebruary 8th 2012.

how evil and sad this is about taken something knowing very well they had no intitlement, it is called stealing, but so bloody minded and selfish as when i need to park as a disabled person, in a disabled spot there is no room as the likes of these selfish bloody minded people have taken the places. Jon B

CobbydalerFebruary 8th 2012.

What always makes me suspicious is the little low slung two seater sports cars flaunting blue badges parked outside San Carlo on double yellows...

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AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

Disabled people don't drive Expensive cars or eat in nice Restaurants?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

Erm I'm disabled and like to eat in San Carlo. The Blue Badge gives me the mobility to get out and about, and has given me a measure of my life back. I'd gladly give up the "benefits" it gives me to get my health back.

CobbydalerFebruary 10th 2012.

I wasn't commenting on the cost. If they can get in & out of some of the cars I've seen there, they can't be that disabled!

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

As someone who was forced to get a blue badge through a rapidly advancing disability last year, I never thought the day would come when I would be classed as disabled, particularly when I'm only relatively young. I still get looks when I pull up in a disabled spot and display my badge, as they see a young person driving. Realisation dawns when I struggle out of the car and need assistance walking.
I had got to the point where I was unable to go out because I couldn't walk far, and couldn't enjoy the things I used to.
The blue badge gave me the ability to get out a little more, and ease the struggle.
I would gladly give up the benefits my blue badge entitles me to, to get the health back I once had. People may think I get a free ride, but a bit of free parking doesn't give me my mobility, or ease my pain, or let me go out clubbing, drinking, walking or enjoying all those things I used to.
Those that misuse the blue badge are cruel as it takes away that mobility from those that need it.

Anon MousFebruary 12th 2012.

Anyone misusing a badge should get 11 points on their licence. Any doctor signing an able-bodied person off as disabled should be fined three month's pay.

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