North East Lincolnshire Council

Motorist fined for misusing a Blue Badge

A Grimsby woman has been given a court bill of almost £450 for misusing a Blue Badge.

Toni-Lea Woodhead, 28, of Oxford Street, pleaded guilty by post to an offence of wrongfully displaying a disabled person’s blue badge.

She was fined £200 and also ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £218.66.

North East Lincolnshire Council received an allegation that vehicles displaying Blue Badges were inappropriately parking on double yellow lines in Bentley Street, Cleethorpes.

It was alleged that the motorists parking there were not disabled and that the blue badges being displayed did not belong to them.

Further intelligence was provided by civil enforcement officers from the Council’s regeneration services partner ENGIE.
On 6 April, whilst conducting routine enquiries, a council investigation officer observed Woodhead’s vehicle drawing up on Bentley Street.

She was seen getting out of the vehicle alone. She claimed she had legitimately driven the Blue Badge holder to a café. However, enquiries established that the badge holder was in fact at home at the time.

In her guilty plea, Woodhead stated that she had been late for work and as the badge had been in the car, she had decided to use it.

Cllr David Bolton, portfolio holder for Safer Communities and Public Protection, said:

“Misuse of the Blue Badge scheme undermines the benefits of the scheme, impacts upon local traffic management and creates hostility amongst other badge holders and members of the public.

“It can result in a genuinely disabled person being unable to park close to where they want to be. Therefore, North East Lincolnshire Council and Engie will take action where evidence of such misuse is identified.”

If you would like to report blue badge misuse, you can do this online at:
https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council-information-partnerships/fraud-and-corruption/
or call 01472 326298 option 1.

The Blue Badge (Disabled Parking) Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for those people who have a permanent or substantial disability which means they are unable to walk; or have very considerable difficulty on walking.

The scheme is designed to help Blue Badge holder’s to park close to their destination.

 

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