Courts fine drivers misusing Blue Badges in York

30 January 2024

Working together with the City of York Council, Veritau’s council fraud investigation service has recently helped to uncover and prosecute two cases of Blue Badge fraud, helping protect the rights of Blue Badge holders across the city.

Blue Badges must only be displayed in parked vehicles where the badge owner is present, or the driver is specifically parking to pick up or drop off the badge holder.

One individual was found to be misusing a Blue Badge that did not belong to him. The investigation found that the badgeholder was not with the individual when he travelled to York, or in the city when the vehicle was parked in a disabled parking bay in Castle Car Park by Clifford’s Tower in March 2023.

He was invited to attend an interview under caution but failed to attend on three separate occasions.

During the court case, on 10 November, he pleaded guilty and apologised for the offence, and for lying when had been confronted by Council officers on the day the Blue Badge was misused. York Magistrates Court ordered him to pay a £115 fine, £46 surcharge and £668 court costs.

Another individual, a takeaway delivery driver, was found using a photocopy of a Blue Badge which did not belong to him in York city centre in May 2023.

A Council Civil Enforcement Officer noted that the Blue Badge, used by the individual to park on double yellow lines on Duncombe Place, appeared to be a paper photocopy.

He was invited to attend an interview under caution but failed to attend on three separate occasions.

During the court hearing on 8 December 2023, which he did not attend, the individual was found guilty and York Magistrates Court ordered him to pay a total of £1,657 and a 28-day collection order was issued.

Anyone with any information on fraudulent activity is urged to call our counter fraud hotline on 0800 9179 247 or email [email protected]