Blue Badge abuse prosecutions

Published Monday, 18th June 2018
Disabled parking badge
Blue Badge

Two people who used a child’s disabled parking badge to park in Rotherham Town Centre have been prosecuted by Rotherham Council.

Jamie Delerict, 43, of Prospect Court, Parkgate, also failed to appear in court when charged with using a child’s blue badge to park his vehicle in a pay and display bay on Masbrough Street in January 2018. Delerict was fined £220 with £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Shazia Akhtar, 39, of Broom Lane, Rotherham, failed to appear in court when charged with using a child’s blue badge to park her vehicle in a designated disabled bay in Drummond Street car park in January 2018. She was fined £220 with £300 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Both cases were heard at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Councillor Denise Lelliott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy said “These are further examples of this extremely anti-social crime. Using a blue badge fraudulently whilst the badge holder is not present is denying blue badge holders with genuine needs the opportunity to use a designated parking bay.

“Our officers are very alert to fraudulent use of blue badges and anyone using a blue badge in such a manner runs a high risk of being caught and prosecuted.

“The Council will not tolerate such activities and will take legal action whenever it is in the public interest to do so.”