Woman using dead mother's blue badge among the latest caught misusing badges in Bexley
PUBLISHED: 15:29 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:29 14 November 2016
Both were using other people's blue badges
The council’s zero-tolerance crackdown on blue badge misuse in the borough has seen two more people prosecuted.
Two women were caught misusing the badge while parking in Bexley.
One of the women, Gloria Tiano from Lynton Road, Bermondsey, was caught using her dead mother’s blue badge.
The 71-year-old was parked at Pincott Road in Bexleyheath on April 5.
After pleading guilty by post, Tiano was handed a £50 fine, asked to pay an additional £20 victim surcharge and £70 towards the court costs.
Elsewhere, a mother caught using her son’s blue badge whilst he was in school was slapped with a much larger fine.
Nicola Stevens of Holbourne Gardens, Kidbrooke, was spotted using the badge in Welling High Street.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty by post, but the court noted inconsistencies when asked to explain where her son was while the badge was used.
Ms Stevens was ordered to pay a substantial fine of £145, court costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £20.
“Not only does Blue Badge misuse cost the public purse around £45 million every year” started transport councillor Alex Sawyer, “but those who are using a badge which is not theirs are essentially stealing a parking space needed by someone who is actually disabled.
“These continued prosecutions should act as a warning – the council will prosecute anyone who is believed to have committed this offence.”
“Drivers who are suspected of committing blue badge misuse are given many opportunities to prove the holder was part of their journey before it reaches the prosecution stage. Those who use their badge properly have nothing to worry about.”