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Man used dead father’s blue badge to park because it was ‘convenient’, court told

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A Keysoe man has been fined for using his dead father’s blue badge.

Ranjit Dhillon from Keysoe Road East, was caught using his late father’s blue badge in Newnham Street, Bedford, a court heard.

Fraud Investigations Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers from Bedford Borough Council mounted a blue badge fraud operation in May.

At initial questioning at the roadside, Dhillon said that his father was at home. When the badge was checked, however, it emerged that the badge had been ‘cancelled – Badge holder deceased’.

Dhillon then admitted that he had been using his dead dad’s badge because it was “convenient”.

Dhillon admitted to using the badge and that what he had done was “stupid” when he appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 15. He was ordered to pay a fine of £185, prosecution costs of £285 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Councillor Shan Hunt, Executive Member for Revenue and Benefits, said: “Blue badges help people who have serious problems with their mobility to park closer to shops and other amenities and I understand that residents are rightly concerned about their misuse. Fiddling, changing or using someone else’s blue badge for any reason is an offence and we will take action against anyone misusing or altering a blue badge.”

If you have any questions about the use of a blue badge, you can raise them in the following ways:

Website: www.bedford.gov.uk/bluebadge

Phone: (01234) 718009

Or by visiting the Customer Contact Centre on Horne Lane.

 

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