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.

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