On the 16 August 2019 at Stevenage Magistrates Court, Lucy Dolby from Haringey, London pleaded guilty to a charge under section 117 Road Traffic Regulation 1984 for falsely displaying a disabled person’s Blue Badge.
The court heard how Ms Dolby had parked her car in a disabled bay at Apton Road Car Park, Bishop’s Stortford and displayed a Blue Badge belonging to her disabled mother, when her mother was not with her. Ms Dolby was approached at the scene by officers from Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) and later formally interviewed where she admitted to using her mother’s blue badge.
Ms Dolby pleaded guilty at the first opportunity for which she received credit from the bench and ordered to pay a fine of £126, investigation and prosecution costs of £650 and the Victim Surcharge of £30.
Graham McAndrew, executive member for parking at East Herts Council said: “We take the misuse of blue badges very seriously at East Herts, so we are delighted to have worked with Herts County Council’s shared anti-fraud service (SAFS) to get this conviction.
“Blue badges are given to those most in need, so to take up a disabled space when you don’t need one makes the lives of those who do so much harder and we will not tolerate it in our district.
“Our officers have a great relationship with the team at SAFS and work closely with them to report and investigate suspected blue badge misuse. We hope this conviction deters others from falsely displaying blue badges.”
SAFS and East Herts Council’s civil enforcement officers regularly carry out checks on Blue Badges to ensure they’re not stolen, forged or being misused and that disabled bays are available to those entitled to use them.
SAFS works in partnership with East Herts Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services provided by the council.
You can report suspected fraud against the council in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 4033.