SIX motorists have been found guilty of ‘blue badge fraud’ for misusing special permits that allow disabled drivers to park for free.
Rotherham Council took action against the motorists after they were spotted using badges belonging to others.
Paula Baxter, aged 43, of Addison Road, Maltby, pleaded guilty to using her grandmother’s blue badge, when her grandmother was not present, in the Wellgate multi-storey. She was fined £75 and ordered to pay £100 costs.
Baxter, who did not attend court, claimed she was doing an errand for her grandfather.
Quassim Siddiq Sana, 40, of Broomfield Grove, Rotherham, admitted using his daughter’s blue badge when she was not present, on Percy Street, Rotherham. Sana’s solicitor told the court he had no change and was going through a stressful financial period. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £50 costs.
Charlotte Lambert, 38, of Ravenswood Drive, Sunnyside, admitted using her daughter’s blue badge in the Civic car park, Rotherham. She was fined £50 and ordered to pay £50 costs.
Lambert, who did not attend her hearing, claims she forgot she was displaying her daughter’s badge and also forgot to buy a pay and display ticket.
Karen Green, 27, of Arundel Avenue, Dalton, admitted using her son’s blue badge on Corporation Street, Rotherham. She was fined £35 and ordered to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Green claimed she thought she was allowed to use it when shopping for her son.
Karen Watson, 48, of March Flatts Road, Thrybergh, admitted using her mother’s blue badge on Nottingham Street, Rotherham. She was fined £35 and ordered to pay £50 costs. Watson said she thought she could use the badge while shopping for her mother.
Andrea Taylor, 49, of Brinsworth Hall Avenue, Brinsworth, admitted using her mother-in-law’s blue badge on Ship Hill. She was fined £35 and ordered to pay £50 costs. Taylor said she thought she could use it to do an errand for her mother-in-law.
Rotherham Council’s Parking Services Manager, Martin Beard, said: “These results are further steps in the right direction in our fight against this fraudulent behaviour. I am determined to continue with our work to stamp out this type of fraud and allow proper use of the blue badge scheme for people with genuine needs.”