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Fine for woman who used disabled child’s blue badge

Published Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A woman who used her son’s blue badge to park while he was at school has been prosecuted by Enfield Council.

Irene Makukidze of Dendridge Close, Enfield, was one of three people who were sentenced at Tottenham Magistrates Court in Lordship Lane, Tottenham, on 30 October after they were caught misusing blue badges in Hertford Road by Enfield Council officers.
 
Mrs Makukidze pleaded guilty in writing to using her son’s blue badge to park in a pay and display bay on 7 July. Magistrates fined her £165, and ordered her to pay costs of £225 and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Ozdes Gullu, of Broadlands Avenue, Enfield, pleaded guilty in writing and was fined £135 and ordered to pay costs of £225 and a £20 victim surcharge after being caught parking illegally on 17 June, while Mehmet Kurt, pleaded guilty in person and was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £20 after being caught by the council on June 17.
 
All three people could have purchased a pay and display ticket for an hour in Hertford road at a cost of £1.20.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We do not tolerate blue badge fraud in Enfield and we prosecute everyone we find committing this crime.
 
“The message to people who think they can dodge parking charges by using someone else’s blue badge is, ‘you can’t’, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and you will end up paying an exorbitant cost for what is in essence a criminally bad decision.
 
“I am sure that when these people reflect on what they have done they will realise the error of their ways, and will never be tempted to try this again, I sincerely hope other people tempted to commit blue badge fraud learn the same lesson and are dissuaded from trying a similar con.”
 

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