Blue badge fraudster ordered to pay almost £700
A driver has been prosecuted for attempting to gain free parking by using her disabled son’s blue badge.
Muna Ahmed, aged 35 of Catterick Road, Didsbury was fined £400 with £251.37 costs and a £40 victim of crime surcharge.
Ahmed failed to attend a Magistrates’ hearing but was found guilty of two counts of using a disabled badge unlawfully.
Ahmed was seen parking on a single yellow line on Albert Hill Street, Didsbury, last September.
When approached by an officer and interviewed under caution, Ahmed initially claimed her son, the badge holder, was in a nearby shop but later admitted this was not true and she had used the badge to park conveniently.
In the city centre – only ten days later – officers again found Ahmed fraudulently using the badge.
Ahmed was caught illegally using the blue badge at a pay and display parking bay on Marble Street.
Ahmed told officers: “I was picking some bits up from the city” and admitted the blue badge holder was not with her.
Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment said: “Blue badges are issued for the benefit of people who would otherwise find it difficult to park. The badge holder must be in the vehicle or being picked up when the badge is being used. Fraudulent use of blue badge is a selfish crime and shows a total disregard to the needs of other badge holders.
“Our officers patrol to make sure blue badges are being used correctly and disabled bays are available for genuine users. We will not tolerate motorists abusing the blue badge system and will have no hesitation in prosecuting anyone found to be breaking the rules.”