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Strike for us, as bowler fined for Blue Badge misuse

Monday, 14 September 2020

A Leighton Buzzard motorist used his wife’s Blue Badge, when she was not present, during one of our targeted enforcement days, Luton Magistrates’ Court heard.

Michael Smith (74, from Bideford Green, Leighton Buzzard) was found guilty of mis-using the badge to park in the Go Bowling car park, in Dunstable, in November 2019. He was fined £264 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £335.50: a total cost to him of £629.50

Councillor Richard Wenham, our Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources said:

People who mis-use badges to park in bays reserved for Blue Badge holders are selfishly taking spaces away from those who genuinely need them.

They allow those in our communities who need them the most the opportunity to park close to services and amenities. They must only be used by another person if the badge holder is either being dropped off or collected.

Rules around Blue Badge use are very clear, and we have a zero-tolerance approach against this type of offence. If we catch people using badges inappropriately, we will take action.