Man Convicted of Blue Badge misuse at Waltham Cross

An Enfield man has been successfully prosecuted and ordered to pay costs of £1,426.75 and fined £118 after pleading guilty to misusing his mother’s blue badge in Waltham Cross.

On 18 October 2017 at St  Albans Magistrates’ Court, 30 year old Mr Soner Bulbul of Magpie Close in Enfield pleaded guilty to a charge under section 117 Road Traffic Regulation 1984 for falsely displaying a blue badge.

The Court heard how Mr Bulbul was caught parking in a ‘disabled’ bay at a Waltham Cross Car Park on 28 February 2017, displaying a blue badge belonging to his mother, who was not with him at the time.

Mr Bulbul was later interviewed by officers from the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service where he initially denied misusing his mother’s blue badge, however, he received credit from the bench after he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Only last month, a local resident was also prosecuted for misusing her son’s Blue Badge at the Laura Trott Leisure Centre car park.

Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, Councillor Tim Hutchings, said: “Blue Badges are in place to benefit entitled individuals who suffer from severe mobility problems and need to be closer to their destination. It is a selfish and unlawful act for anyone without physically limiting disabilities to take advantage of this by using someone else’s blue badge in their absence. We take this offence very seriously and will continue to investigate and prosecute cases of fraud.”

The Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service works in partnership with Broxbourne Borough Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services delivered by the Council, including regular checks on Blue Badges, to ensure that they are not stolen, forged or misused.

Members of the public can report suspected fraud online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, by email fraud.team@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk or by telephoning 0300 123 4033.