Drivers fined for parking fraud

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TWO motorists have been fined after admitting using blue-badge parking permits designed for disabled drivers.

Debbie Sommerville, aged 38, of Beech Grove, Dinnington, was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £309.02 after using her son’s blue badge to park in a designated disabled bay on Drummond Street while her son was at school.

And 62-year-old David Norton, of Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, was fined £150 and ordered to pay £100 costs after using his mother’s parking badge to leave his vehicle on Norfolk Street, Rotherham, when she was not with him.

Martin Beard, Rotherham Council parking services manager, said: “Drivers need to be aware of the problems this kind of parking can cause for people with genuine disabilities.”