Blue Badge court case highlights rules

Another Leeds man has been called before magistrates for using a Blue Badge without the badge holder being present.

Having pleaded guilty, Lee McCaulsky of Newton Park View was given a conditional discharge at Leeds Magistrates Court today. He was also ordered to pay £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

McCaulsky is the latest person to be prosecuted for mis-using the scheme intended to help disabled people park nearer to where they’re going.

McCaulskey parked in a pay and display bay located 10 yards from a ticket machine. Having displayed a Blue Badge – genuinely issued to a female – he got out of the car and crossed the road. Officers questioned McCaulskey when he returned to his car, again on his own.

It was clear to officers that McCaulsky had used the Blue Badge without the badge holder being present to get round parking rules.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said:

“The rules on using Blue Badges are very clear – the badge holder must be present when it’s being used.

“We need to ensure that the system is being used fairly by only those who are entitled to so they aren’t disadvantaged by cheats. We’ll continue to crack down on people abusing the system and hope that this case help get that message across.”

People could have their Blue Badges revoked or renewal refused if they or others persistently abuse them.

They also face a maximum £1,000 fine if prosecuted and found guilty of abusing the system.

See www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/pages/blue-badge-parking.aspx and www.gov.uk/browse/driving/blue-badge-parking for more information.


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