Blue badge enforcements

The list below shows recent enforcements brought against individuals for misuse of Blue Badges and/or fraud whilst parking on public roads.  All decisions on enforcement are taken in accordance with the Community and Environmental Services Enforcement Policy.

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BBI 18/03 – Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Officer in Charge:  Jim Blake

Offence details:  Wrongful use of blue badge.  Displayed an expired disabled persons blue badge, having altered the date, to gain advantage of the parking concessions in Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich, on 13 January 2018.  Decision made to prosecute on 6 June 2018.

Recording Officer's comments:  "I believe this case can satisfactorily be dealt with as wrongful use under section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.  Although alteration of the expiration date is a serious offence, under questioning there was no attempt to deceive and an admission of guilt was made."

The offender was convicted at Norwich Magistrates court on 15 August 2018.  Conditionally discharged and ordered to pay £532 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

BBI 17/72 – Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Officer in Charge:  Jim Blake

Offence details:  Wrongful use of blue badge.  Displaying a disabled person's blue badge, to which not entitled, for own benefit in Granary Court, King's Lynn on 31 October 2017.  Decision made to prosecute on 14 March 2018.

Recording Officer's comments:  "I believe this case can satisfactorily be dealt with as wrongful use of blue badge - displaying a disabled badge, to which not entitled, for own benefit under Section 117 Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984"

The offender was convicted at King's Lynn Magistrates court on 11 July 2018.  Fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £20 victim surcharge.

BBI 17/66 – Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 – Fraud by false representation

Officer in Charge:  Jim Blake

Offence details:  Fraud by false representation.  Displayed wife’s blue badge, while parking partially in a loading bay and on zig-zag lines, believing he would be exempt from any parking fines or charges, in High Street, Watton on 30 September 2017.  Decision made to prosecute on 14 March 2018.

Recording Officer's comments:  "I believe this case can satisfactorily be dealt with as ‘false representation’ under Section 2 Fraud Act 2006."

The offender was convicted at Norwich Magistrates court on 28 June 2018.  Conditionally discharged and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

BBI 17/48 – Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Officer in Charge:  Jim Blake

Offence details:  Wrongful use of blue badge.  Displaying a disabled persons blue badge, to which not entitled, for own benefit in New Street, Holt on 31 August 2017.  Decision made to prosecute on 11 January 2018.

Recording Officer's comments:  "This is a strict liability case and the defendant offered no mitigation or defence under caution.  I believe this case can satisfactorily be dealt with as ‘wrongful use’ under Section 117 Road traffic Regulations Act 1984."

The offender was convicted at Norwich Magistrates court on 22 March 2018.  Conditionally discharged and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

BBI 17/77 – Section of the 117 Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984

Officer in Charge:  Jim Blake

Offence details:  Wrongful use of blue badge.  Displaying a disabled persons blue badge, to which not entitled, for own benefit in Church Road, Hoveton on 9 November 2017.  Decision made to prosecute on 5 January 2018.

Recording Officer's comments:  "This is a strict liability case and the defendant offered no mitigation or defence under caution.  I believe this case can satisfactorily be dealt with as ‘wrongful use’ under Section 117 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.

The offender was convicted at Norwich Magistrates court on 22 March 2018. Conditionally discharged and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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