A 45 year old woman in Brent has received a hefty fine and been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for using a stolen Blue Badge on three separate occasions.
Ms Sahra Elmi Yusef, from Wembley, was convicted of three fraud offences and one road traffic offence at Hendon Magistrates Court on Tuesday. She received a 12 week suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a £380 fine and a victim surcharge of £80, as well as having to complete 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Ms Yusef pleaded guilty to using a stolen Blue Badge following an incident in October 2015, when a Civil Enforcement Officer on patrol in Wembley issued Ms Yusef's vehicle with a Parking Charge Notice and noticed the stolen badge. The badge had been reported as stolen by its original owner 12 months before, and evidence showed that the stolen badge had been used by the same vehicle on 2 previous occasions.
Blue badge fraud is a serious issue and fraudsters that take up valuable parking spaces intended for genuine badge holders will be held to account.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:
"Blue badges are an essential means of helping to make our borough and local amenities accessible to all, which is why abuse of the badge scheme is so infuriating and unfair.
"Many disabled people rely on their blue badge to help them live independently, take part in the local community and contribute to their local economy. Every time a blue badge is used by someone who it does not belong to, that parking space is taken away from a disabled person who genuinely needs it.
"We are determined to do everything we can to protect the quality of life for our disabled and vulnerable residents, and will continue to come down hard on and prosecute those caught abusing the blue badge scheme."