Man prosecuted for misuse of blue badge

Barnsley Council has secured another conviction as it cracks down on blue badge misuse in the area.

Ruslans Kulkovs, aged 47, of Greenwood Avenue, Barnsley, was found guilty in absence to fraudulently using a blue badge without the badge holder being present while parked in a disabled bay on New Street in Barnsley. Mr Kulkovs was fined £440 and ordered to pay additional costs of £450 and a victims surcharge of £44. The total fine was £934. 

Charges were brought under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.

Shokat Lal, Executive Director for Core Services, 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 that 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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