Woman fined for Blue Badge abuse

Published Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Disabled parking sign
Disabled badge holders parking sign

A woman who used her daughter’s disabled parking badge to park in Rotherham Town Centre has been prosecuted by Rotherham Council.

Julie Swallow, (47), of Greystones Road, Whiston, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 October 2018.
She pleaded guilty when charged with using her daughter’s blue badge to park her vehicle in Wellgate North car park in June 2018. 
A penalty charge notice (PCN) had been issued to the vehicle because the badge was out of date. Ms Swallow submitted a challenge against the PCN which resulted in a member of the Parking Appeals Team making enquiries with the child’s school and it was confirmed that the badge holder was in school at the time the badge was used.
She was fined £200 with £300 costs and £30 victim surcharge.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy said: “This is yet another example of this extremely anti-social crime. 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.”