Two drivers have today (Tuesday 26 May 2015) pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates Court to using badges which belonged to people who have died to obtain free parking.
David Phillips of Dinedor, Hereford pleaded guilty to of an offence under Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for using a disabled badge that belong to a person that he cared for that died in June 2014. He was caught after a badge displayed on his Land Rover was inspected by a Civil Enforcement Officer whilst Philips was using the badge to park for free in Garrick House Multi Storey car park on Friday 16th January 2015.
Philips was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £400 costs and £15 victim surcharge
Angela Prophet of Lower Quinton, Birmingham, also pleaded guilty to an offence under the same act for using a disabled badge that was issued to her father, who died in 2007. She was caught parking in a disabled bay on Corn Square in Leominster on 21st March 2015.
Prophet was given a £100 fine and ordered to pay £250 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member transport and roads said, “Herefordshire Council will take action against those who are found to be abusing the disabled badge scheme in this manner. The scheme is designed to assist people with mobility issues.
Disabled people should not expect to have their spaces used by people that have taken it upon themselves to use a badge that does not belong to them. It is a criminal offence for people to misuse a badge in this way.”
Herefordshire Councils enforcement officers have so far seized over 110 disabled badges from drivers and these are the first two people to be prosecuted in Herefordshire for this offence since the legislation changed in November 2013 giving councils more power to deal with this problem.