Council continues crackdown after double blue badge conviction

Warrington Borough Council Published: Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Two Warrington residents have been convicted after not following the conditions of the blue badge scheme.

Khurshid Mahmood, 54, of Folly Lane, Warrington pleaded guilty to an offence at Warrington Magistrates Court on 11 September 2019.

Mr Mahmood was charged with misusing a blue disabled badge by parking on double yellow lines, without the blue badge holder being present.

The court fined him for £66. He was also required to pay a contribution of costs for £150 and a victim surcharge of £30.

On the same date at Warrington Magistrates Court, Elaine Bowerman, 54, of Secker Avenue, Warrington, was found guilty of an offense in her absence.

Ms Bowerman was charged with displaying an expired disabled blue badge. The blue badge had expired in 2015.

She was fined £220 by the court, and required to pay a contribution of costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Council leader, Cllr Russ Bowden said: “This is another example that shows fraudulent activity doesn’t pay. The blue badge scheme allows disabled motorists or passengers to park legally near to places they need to visit. Abuse of the blue badge scheme is unacceptable.

It is the responsibility of all using a blue disabled badge, whether for themselves or their passenger, to ensure it is used properly in line with the scheme’s conditions and to renew the badge when required.”

For blue badge applications, reporting misuse of a blue badge and more information about the scheme, visit warrington.gov.uk/bluebadges