Sidcup driver fined for using dead father’s blue badge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:01 09 January 2014

Using the blue badge of her dead father cost a driver more than £300 after she was spotted by a police officer.

Katherine Sullivan, 44, of Blackfen Road, in Sidcup, pleaded guilty to misuing the badge at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The offence to place in June last year at the Arnsberg Way Car Park, in Bexleyheath, where she was spotted displaying her dead father’s badge while parking her Volkswagon Polo in a disabled bay.

Cllr Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for environment and public realm, said: “People who commit such a crime are depriving others who are genuinely disabled and need to park in the facilities we provide. They are also avoiding parking charges, which makes it unfair on all law abiding drivers.

“I hope this prosecution serves as a lesson to others who may consider misusing the blue badge scheme.”

Sullivan was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge - as well as £200 court costs.

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