Four more prosecutions for misuse of blue badges

Barnsley Council has secured four more convictions as it cracks down on blue badge misuse in the area.

John Fletcher, aged 68, of Sheffield Road, Langsett, pleaded guilty by post to fraudulently using an expired blue badge while parked on Shambles Street in Barnsley. Mr Fletcher was fined £146 and ordered to pay additional costs of £382.

The second prosecution saw Rachel Mansell, aged 45, of Neville Close, Wombwell, plead guilty by post to fraudulently using a blue badge while parked on St Mary’s Gate. Mrs Mansell was fined £146 and ordered to pay additional costs of £382.

Peter Walker, aged 33, of Strafford Walk, Dodworth, was found guilty in his absence of fraudulently using a blue badge without the badge holder being present while parked on Wellington House car park. Mr Walker was fined £220 and ordered to pay additional costs of £382.

The fourth prosecution saw Shelley Carlile, aged 43, of Chatsworth Road, Athersley South, plead guilty by post to fraudulently using a blue badge without the badge holder being present while parked on Wellington House car park. Mrs Carlile was fined £40 and ordered to pay additional costs of £382.

Charges were brought under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core, said: “The majority of blue badge holders use their badges legitimately, but a minority misuse them for their own benefit. This means that there are fewer disabled parking bays available for those who really need them.

“These convictions send a clear message to people of the consequences for misusing a blue badge. It’s a criminal offence which could result in a fine of £1,000 and confiscation of the badge.

“Our enforcement team will continue to combat fraud and where appropriate, will prosecute."

Residents are urged to contact Barnsley Council if their circumstances change including if a blue badge is no longer needed, lost or stolen, or there are changes to a name or address. Further information can be found at barnsley.gov.uk/blue-badges.

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