Enfield man convicted of Blue Badge misuse

Published: 23 Oct 2017

An Enfield man has pleaded guilty to misusing his mother’s blue badge, following an investigation by the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service.

On Wednesday 18 October 2017 Soner Bulbul (30) of Magpie Close, Enfield, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court to a charge under section 117 Road Traffic Regulation 1984 for falsely displaying a blue badge.

He was fined £118 and ordered to pay investigation and prosecution costs of £1,055.56.

The court heard how Bulbul had, on the 28 February 2017, parked at Waltham Cross Car Park in a disabled bay displaying a blue badge belonging to his disabled mother, who was not with him at the time. Bulbul was later interviewed by officers from the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service where he denied misusing his mother’s blue badge.

Bulbul, who was of previous good character, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, which he received credit for from the bench.

David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “The Blue Badge is for the sole use of the person named on it and must only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting them or dropping them off.

“Abuse of the Blue Badge scheme is unfair on genuine badge holders and offenders will be prosecuted if caught.”

The Shared Anti-Fraud Service works in partnership with Broxbourne Borough Council to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud against the many services delivered by the council. They regularly carry out checks on Blue Badges and their usage to ensure that badges are not stolen, forged or being misused.

You can report suspected fraud against Broxbourne Borough Council in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email fraud.team@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4033.