Carshalton architect fined for using mother's blue badge permit to park in Battersea
An architect has been fined £1,602 for using his mother's blue badge permit to drive to work.
South Western Magistrates Court heard Jones was seen parking his Nissan Qashai on in disabled bays in Patience Road and Khyber Road.
His mother was not in the vehicle at the time, although it is illegal to use permits when the owner is not present.
The permit fraud team found evidence to show he was abusing the system and arranged for his car to be towed away.
Jones claimed his mother was in the car that day and he dropped her off at a café in Tooting before making his way to Battersea.
But the fraud team had photographic evidence showing he was alone in the car.
Jones was also charged with an offence under the Fraud Act, as well as charged relating to the misuse of the badge.
He was fined £1,040 and ordered to pay the council's prosecution costs of £562, on top of the £265 he was charged for getting his car back.
Another man in court on the same day was fined for illegally parking his car using his wife's blue badge
Thomas Coakley, of Rowena Crescent, Battersea parked his Vauxhall Astra in disabled bays in Herndon Road, Wandsworth.
He was fine £520 and ordered to pay £534 towards the council's prosecution costs.
Councillor Russell King, cabinet member for transport, said: "This case shows the lengths that some people will go to try and fiddle the system.
"The blue badge scheme exists to help disabled people get out and about, visit friends or go shopping. It was not invented to give their relatives a passport to free parking."
Anyone with information about blue badge misuse can contact the council on 0800 085 0866 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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