12 Jul 2017

Bizarre blue badge misuse

A Lamborghini driver with a personalised number plate used a disabled parking badge to park illegally then refused to leave a restaurant when asked to hand the badge over.

Wardens spotted the distinctive red Lamborghini parked on yellow lines in Greenwich town centre on June 5. When the wardens went to put a parking ticket on the supercar, Tamer Zinnureyin stepped out from his restaurant and placed a disabled parking blue badge on the dashboard.

Zinnureyin, 40, then claimed the car wasn’t his and promptly rushed inside the next-door restaurant and refused to come out and surrender the badge.

Police arrived and were unable to locate Zinnureyin, but family members passed over the car keys and the blue badge was confiscated.

Under police interview at a later date, Zinnureyin, of High Street in Chislehurst, claimed his mum had found the badge outside the restaurant and gave it to him, with his intention being to return it.

Zinnureyin pleaded guilty to blue badge misuse and was fined £440, plus costs of £268 with a £44 victim surcharge.

Greenwich Council's cabinet member for customer services and anti-fraud, councillor Maureen O’Mara, said: “This successful prosecution shows how seriously the Royal Borough of Greenwich takes its ongoing commitment to prevent and detect fraud. We take rigorous action to stop Blue Badge misuse which is good news for all genuine Blue Badge holders who so often are inconvenienced by other car drivers who take up valuable parking spaces whilst misusing Blue Badges they have no right to use.”


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