Blue Badge fraudsters must pay up

Blue Badge fraudsters must pay up

THREE drivers who fraudulently used blue badges to park in disabled spaces have appeared in court. 

Zsuzsanna Szammer, 28, Adrian Conroy, 54, and Mohammad Ugrader, 59, all from the Dewsbury area, pleaded guilty at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to blue badge misuse charges.

Hamza Soren, prosecuting on behalf of Kirklees Council, said: “The initiative is for the benefit of disabled people so that they can access facilities where needed, but it has to be used appropriately.

“The cost of the blue badge misuse for one individual parking for 40 hours per week is £2,080.

“This impacts on both genuine blue badge holders and the integrity of the scheme.”

The court heard how Ugrader, of Pilgrim Crescent, Dewsbury Moor, parked in a pay and display space on Foundry Street on August 17.

A civil enforcement officer asked him to produce the blue badge which belonged to his wife, who was not present at the time.

During the altercation Ugrader became abusive and said: “I’m allowed to stay here for three hours – why are you hanging around the car?”

He was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £430 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Szammer, of Valley Drive, Thornhill, had parked in a pay and display area on Town Hall Way on August 10 but had displayed her disabled partner’s badge despite him not being with her.

She told the enforcement officer he had left earlier to do some shopping but when she was asked to accompany the officer to where she had dropped her partner she declined to do so.

Magistrates fined her £40 and ordered her to pay prosecution costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Conroy, of Wormalds View, Dewsbury, was approached as he parked on double yellow lines on Church Street, Dewsbury, on September 5.

His wife’s disabled badge was on display but she was not in the car with him.

He had with him his elderly mother, who is also disabled, but told the civil enforcement officer his wife was at home.

The court heard he was issued with a fixed penalty at the time, which he has since paid.

He was fined £95 and ordered to pay £450 prosecution costs plus £30 victim surcharge.

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