21 June 2017
An investigation carried out by City of York Council has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a case of fraudulent misuse of the national blue badge scheme for disabled drivers.
A York resident used a blue badge belonging to someone with disabilities for her own use on Goodramgate on 12 December 2016.
The individual initially told the council officer who approached them about the blue badge they were displaying, that they had been Christmas shopping with the badge holder. However an investigation by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation team, found evidence that the badge holder was not present when the badge was used.
During the course of the investigation, the individual was interviewed under caution twice. Initially, the individual maintained that they had used the blue badge for the benefit of the badge holder. But when confronted with further evidence, they admitted to misusing it by parking on double yellow lines to pick up some furniture without the blue badge holder present.
The investigation concluded with the individual pleading guilty to the offence by post at York Magistrates Court on 21 June. They have been fined £60 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £100.
Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “This case shows that we, like other local authorities, take blue badge misuse very seriously and that we are committed to support drivers and passengers with disabilities.
“In this instance, the resident had parked her car illegally and displayed a blue badge to avoid a fine while parking on double yellow lines. This prevented someone with disabilities and a genuine need for their blue badge from using it in one of the busiest areas and seasons in York.