Woman given fine for using dead mum’s disabled badge
A WOMAN has been fined after using her dead mother’s Blue Badge to park for free.
Denise Love, 57, fraudulently used her disabled mother’s badge at Grosvenor Car Park in the town on May 16 and June 10 this year, a court heard.
The badge should have been returned to Cheshire East Council on March 23 following the death of her mother.
Love, of Merebrook Road, Macclesfield, admitted the offence of wrongfully using a disabled person’s badge at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on September 24 but did not attend.
She was fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs. The court heard that the prosecution was brought by the legal team under Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulation 1984 and was a result of enforcement action by Cheshire East Council’s Benefit Fraud Investigations Team and the Parking Enforcement Team.
Coun Les Gilbert, cabinet member for localism and enforcement, said: “Many disabled people feel rightly aggrieved when they cannot use a disabled parking space set aside for them simply because another motorist is fraudulently displaying a Blue Badge that does not belong to them.
“This is an anti-social crime and we intend to prosecute offenders where we feel action is justified.”
“Blue Badges are meant to be used by the holder of the badge either as the driver of the vehicle or as a passenger.
“If fraudulent misuse is suspected, the matter will be vigorously investigated and could result in a criminal conviction for the person who has misused it.”
The Blue Badge Scheme gives parking concessions for people with disabilities who travel either as drivers or passengers and allows them to park close to their destination. There are around 24,000 blue badges in circulation in Cheshire East.
In 2012 the Blue Badges were given a revamp as part of a national reform.
The old cardboard style was replaced by plastic, which made the badges harder to alter, copy or forge.
If you suspect someone of misusing a Blue Badge call 0800 389 2787 confidentially.