Blue badge abuse prosecutions continue

Published Thursday, 23rd July 2015
Rotherham law courts
Rotherham Law Courts

Another prosecution by Rotherham Council for blue badge misuse in Rotherham town centre has proved successful.

Oliver Luke Trepte of Claremont Street, Kimberworth, was convicted of Blue Badge misuse on 1 July 2015 at Rotherham Magistrates' Court.

Thirty-one-year-old Trepte pleaded guilty by post when the case was heard at court.

Magistrates fined Trepte a total of £125, which comprised of the £75 penalty, £30 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Martin Beard, Parking Services Manager for Rotherham Council, reminded blue badge holders not to let friends or family use the permit without the actual badge holder being present.

He added, "We have prosecuted 76 cases since 2010, with more due in the future.

"Blue badges are for the benefit of the named badge holders only. They are not for individuals to get closer access to shops or to avoid paying parking fees. We need to keep the disabled parking bays free for the genuine holders of blue badges.

"If we catch drivers using blue badges without the named holder present, we will prosecute where it is in the public interest to do so."

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