Badge of dishonour: Two drivers were caught using dead people’s blue badges
Two drivers who used dead people’s disabled blue badges to park for free have ended up forking out hundreds of pounds in court fines.
Angela Prophet, 68, from Birmingham, was caught parking in a disabled bay in Corn Square, Leominster, Herefordshire, using a badge issued to her father who died in 2007.
Also appearing in court this week was 63-year-old David Phillips, from Dinedor, who admitted using a disabled badge to park his Land Rover for free at a multi-storey car park in Hereford, despite the badge belonging to a person he cared for who died last June.
Both appeared at Hereford Magistrates’ Court and were the first two defendants to be prosecuted in Herefordshire following a change in legislation in November 2013 which gave councils more power to deal with such problems.
Both were prosecuted under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Phillips was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £400 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member transport and roads, said: “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.”