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Anne Maloney snaffles disabled parking spaces

Published on October 1st 2012.

AN estate conveyancer who fraudulently used her father-in-law’s disabled badge to park a BMW for free in Manchester city centre has been ordered to pay over £1,500.

Maloney admitted that she had been using her father-in-law’s disabled badge for months to park for free. When asked why she had been using the badge she said, "To park up in town and go to work". 

Janette Marie Maloney, aged 50 of 28 Kathkin Avenue, Crumpsall was fined £900 and ordered to pay £613.09 in costs along with a £15 victim surcharge by Manchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday 19 September 2012.

On Wednesday 18th April 2012 one of Manchester City Council’s blue badge enforcement officers saw Maloney park a black BMW in a pay and display bay on King Street in Manchester city centre

She then placed a disabled badge on her dashboard before walking away. The vehicle was put under surveillance for a number of days and Maloney was again seen parking her vehicle in a pay and display bay and continuing to display a disabled person’s badge.

The enforcement officer made enquiries with other authorities as well as social services and on completion of the surveillance Maloney was invited in for an interview.

Maloney admitted that she had been using her father-in-law’s disabled badge for months to park for free. When asked why she had been using the badge she said, "To park up in town and go to work". 

Maloney failed to attend Manchester Magistrates Court and her case was heard in her absence following an investigation by Manchester City Council’s blue badge enforcement officer.

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2012.

Go to Tariff Street on a Friday lunch time and you'll see loads of people with disabled badges jumping out of their cars and running into an office building before bounding up the stairs.

Manc GuyJanuary 17th 2013.

It's great that disabled drivers have been allocated the most convenient parking spaces in the city, all close to shops and businesses and can [and do] park on double yellow lines for up to two hours. What I'm dead against is the fact that this parking is free. Can anyone justify why a disabled person doesn't have to pay for parking? In fact, why are they even allowed to park on double yellow lines? It's not as though the owners of the luxury cars and SUV's that park on King Street West couldn't afford it!

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2013.

Really? you think all disabled people should have walking difficulties anon??? thats a bit backward thinking .
I guess reason its free parking is down to the low incomes most disabled badge holders have and hence are awarded a concession . And the double yellows- obvious reasons - if one has an attack / worse / fall etc etc ..then the car is to hand .Come on people , lets be real .

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