p1160675a_27339175672_oSutton’s crackdown on Blue Badge fraudsters continues with seven more drivers convicted at Croydon Magistrates’ Court recently.

The seven drivers pleaded guilty to using Blue Badges to park in Sutton without the named Badge Holder present. Blue Badges are issued for the sole use of a named individual and are only valid when it is being used by, or for, the disabled person when that person is present. It is stated clearly on the Badge that misuse may constitute a criminal offence. They all pleaded guilty in Court.

Mr Edward McDonagh, aged 52, of Bullrush Close, Carshalton, was given a conditional discharge for 6 months, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £100 costs after he parked his Renault in a disabled bay at The Market, Rosehill on Thursday 6th October using a Badge that belonged to his son.

Miss Helen Weatherly, aged 41, of Papermill Close, Carshalton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Nissan on a single yellow line in Lodge Place, Sutton, using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Karen Bernard, aged 42, of Masters Close, Streatham, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs afer she parked her Vauxhall on a single yellow line in Elm Grove, Sutton, and displayed a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Nicola Burns of 145 Bishopsford Road, Morden, was fined £135 and ordered to pay victim surcharge of £30 and £125 costs after she parked her Vauxhall in a red route dual use Loading/Disabled Bay in Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, on Thursday 6th October using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Miss Roxanna Kishore-Bigord, aged 46, of Roffey Close, Purley, was fined £160 and orderd to a pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £200 costs after she parked her Ford on a single yellow line in Elm Grove, Sutton, on Thursday 6th October using a badge that belonged to her son.

Mrs Joanne Bellamore, aged 43, of Sandpiper Road, Sutton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Volkswagen in a mandatory disabled bay in St Nicholas Way, Sutton, on Thursday 15th September using a Badge that belonged to her son.

Mrs Noha Aiqes, aged 33, of Middleton Road, Carshalton, was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £100 costs after she parked her Ford on a single yellow line in Benhill Avenue, Sutton, using a Badge that belonged to her son.

 

Police and Sutton Council Parking Services’ officers carry out regular joint patrols to stop misuse of the borough’s 500 disabled parking bays which are for residents who have permanent or severe mobility difficulties and want to park conveniently for the shops.

They use the borough’s CCTV system and body-worn cameras, which are designed to film images and sound when dealing with drivers, with the footage being used as evidence in Court.

The vast majority of Sutton’s 7,144 Blue Badge Holders use the Badges as they are intended. However, a small minority of drivers deliberately misuse the Blue Badge privilege.