Driver caught using dead child’s blue badge
- Credit: LBBD
A “despicable” driver who illegally used a blue badge that had belonged to a dead child has had their car seized by council enforcement officers.
The Range Rover was parked in a permit bay in Clockhouse Avenue, Barking, last week when council officers decided to check out the badge - meant for people with disabilites.
They found it had been issued by Westminster Council for use by the family of a 10-year-old child, who has since passed away. The badge had been reported stolen and was no longer active.
Barking and Dagenham Council arranged for the vehicle to be taken to the car compound and when the driver arrived to collect it, they had to surrender the badge, as well as pay £200 for the removal of the vehicle and £385 in outstanding parking tickets.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety said: "For someone to be prepared to go quite so low in order to try and get around the parking restrictions is despicable.
You may also want to watch:
"This is something that we will not tolerate in Barking and Dagenham and I would like to thank the council enforcement officers for responding so quickly to the complaint and catching the individual in the act."
The driver faces a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record if they are prosecuted for illegal use of the blue badge.
- 1 Three men found stabbed after alleged brawl in Dagenham
- 2 Woman organises do after Covid-19 restrictions force school in Dagenham to cancel prom
- 3 Ambulance stations to close and be replaced by single centre, LAS reveals
- 4 Exhibition launches to celebrate 100 years of Becontree Estate
- 5 Watch out for these disruptions to your journey by road and rail this week
- 6 Man wanted in criminal damage investigation
- 7 Father's Day: Fond memories of Dagenham 'gent' with 'a heart of gold'
- 8 Consultation launched on extension of public space order, including alcohol drinking ban
- 9 Dagenham & Redbridge interested in former Leyton Orient full-back Sam Ling
- 10 Tributes to international concert pianist from Barking who played for Queen