Rotherham man used dead father’s disabled blue badge

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MAGISTRATES fined a man who used his dead father’s disabled parking badge to avoid paying in Rotherham town centre.

James Trevor Lister, aged 55, of Malwood Way, Maltby, was ordered to pay over £542.02 when the case against him was proved in his absence after he failed to turn up for his court hearing.

Prosecutors for Rotherham Council told the court that after Lister was given a parking enforcement notice for using the blue badge in the Drummond Street car park he admitted in interview that the badge holder was his father, who died in December 2011, and that the badge had been left on the windscreen.

Lister was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £309.02 and a surcharge of £15. Martin Beard, Rotherham Council’s parking services manager, said: “Cases such as this reveal how far some people will go to avoid paying parking charges.”