Disabled blue badge fraudsters hit with fines after misuse in Halifax

Calderdale Council prosecuted three people forseparate offences ofillegally displaying a blue badge permit.
Calderdale Council prosecuted three people forseparate offences ofillegally displaying a blue badge permit.

People misusing disabled blue badge permits in Calderdale have been hit with fines by the courts.

Calderdale Council prosecuted three people in November for separate offences of illegally displaying a blue badge permit.

All were found guilty (two found guilty in absence) and the court issued fines and costs, totalling over £1000.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Susan Press, said: “We take blue badge fraud very seriously and won’t hesitate to prosecute those abusing the blue badge scheme.

“The scheme is in place to help those who are unable to walk for long distances park in a convenient location to their destination. Misusing the badge not only is illegal, it’s taking up parking space for people who really need it.

“I’m pleased that these cases have been dealt with and those responsible have been fined. They will hopefully act as a deterrent and show those who may be tempted that it’s just not worth the risk.”

The cases are as follows:

Sharfraz Bashir of Halifax did not attend court, so the matter was proved in his absence. He was found guilty of displaying a blue badge without the badge holder being present and fined £220, plus costs of £150 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

Sharon Acklam of Halifax also didn’t attend and the case was also proved in absence. She was found guilty of displaying a blue badge without the badge holder being present and fined £220, plus costs of £150 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

Shastha Bi of Halifax, attended Bradford Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to displaying a blue badge without the badge holder being present. She was fined £200, plus costs of £150 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

All were caught in Halifax town centre, using relative’s badges.

If you suspect a blue badge is being used illegally, you can report it by visiting www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘blue badges’.