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Large fine for Luton dad for mis-using daughter’s Blue Badge

Friday, 13 May 2022

A dad who fraudulently used his 14-year-old daughter’s disabled Blue Badge when she was not present, has been found guilty and fined a total of £620 at Luton Magistrates’ Court this week.

Mohammed Asif, 39 of Selbourne Road, Luton pleaded guilty of mis-using the badge to park in the Ashton Square car park in Dunstable in September 2021.

At the time of the incident, Mr Asif said he was picking up his daughter; however, our investigation proved this was not the case. When formally interviewed he stated he unknowingly parked in the disabled bay and the badge is always displayed on the dashboard
of his vehicle.

Mr Asif received a criminal conviction and was fined £80, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £506 – a total cost to him of £620.

Councillor David Shelvey, our Executive Member for Corporate Resources, said:

People who mis-use Blue Badges to park in bays reserved for registered holders are inconsiderately taking spaces away from those who genuinely need them.

Blue Badges allow a disabled person to park closer to their destination and must only be used by another person if the badge holder is present and being dropped off or collected.

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