Barnsley Council’s Legal Service has secured another conviction as part of our crackdown on blue badge misuse in the area.
On 4 October 2021, Jayne Chapman, aged 52, of Lansdowne Crescent, Barnsley, pleaded guilty in absence to misusing a blue badge. Mrs Chapman was parked in a disabled bay on Wellington Street in Barnsley without the badge holder being present.
Charges were brought under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984. Mrs Chapman was fined £293 and ordered to pay additional costs of £220 and a victim's surcharge of £34; a total penalty of £547.
Councillor Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core Services, said: “Blue Badges are vital for people with mobility problems, giving them the ability to go about their everyday lives. Many 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 Corporate Anti-Fraud team will continue to investigate all fraudulent use of blue badges and wherever appropriate will submit cases for prosecution."
Residents are urged to report on our website 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. For any other enquiries about Blue Badges, you can contact us on (01226) 773555.