16
December
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Failed appeal against blue badge fraud ends in court


A man has been fined for using a Blue Badge without the badge holder being present.



Iradj Kouhazari of Harrogate Road, Moortown was in court today having pleaded not guilty to mis-using the scheme intended to help disabled people park nearer to where they’re going.



Magistrates found Kouhazari guilty and fined him £55 and ordered him to pay £200 costs plus a £30 victim surcharge.



Kouhazari was seen by civil enforcement officers on 28 March 2013 parking in a pay and display space.



He was the only occupant of the vehicle and after putting a Blue Badge on his dashboard, he walked past the ticket machine making no attempt to pay.



When officers checked, it was clear that the Blue Badge Kouhazari was using belonged to a female.



Officers issued Kouhazari with a penalty charge notice which he appealed at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, claiming the badge holder had been present.



The independent adjudicator dismissed his appeal, paving the way for prosecution.



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 these cases 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.



ENDS



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