Ten-time cheat found guilty of abusing disabled parking scheme

A persistent cheat has been found guilty of blatantly ignoring the rules for blue badge parking.

Between August and December 2013, Wesley Oddy of Chadwick Street, Leeds was caught using a blue badge without the badge holder being present on 10 occasions.

In some cases, civil enforcement officers found Oddy’s car in different locations on the same day still illegally displaying the badge even though he’d already received a penalty notice for using the badge to get out of paying parking fees earlier in the day.

On each occasion officers were able to show that Oddy was parking his car and using the badge without the badge holder being present.

His actions resulted in the issuing authority revoking the blue badge.

All attempts by Oddy to appeal the fines he’d accumulated were rejected.

Last week magistrates fined Oddy £600 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £1,694.36.

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

“This is a clear cut case of determined abuse of the system designed to make life easier for those who genuinely need it. This individual’s actions have left the badge holder high and dry as the issuing authority had no other choice than to revoke the badge.

“Such disregard for the law can’t and won’t be tolerated in Leeds.

“We’ll continue to pursue those individuals who flout the rules and disadvantage others in the process.”

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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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk