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28 Jan 2015

£500 fine for blue badge fraud

A ST Clears man has been prosecuted for forging a Blue Badge to allow him privileges only reserved for drivers with severely restricted mobility. (h/t Dave)

Cledan David, aged 54, pleaded guilty to the offence, contrary to s.115(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, at Carmarthen Magistrates' Court.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £500, with £54 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

It is the first time Carmarthenshire Council has successfully prosecuted someone for Blue Badge fraud.

Cllr Colin Evans, executive board member for transport, said: “Blue Badges are an important parking concession for disabled people that helps to improve their quality of life - any abuse of that privilege is taken very seriously. This is the first time we have prosecuted someone for forging a Blue Badge, but it sends a clear message that such fraud is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the maximum fine for misusing a Blue Badge is £5,000 or two years imprisonment.

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