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Disabled badge prosecution

Published Thursday, 27 November 2014

A woman from Crouch End has been ordered to pay more than £800 in fines and costs after parking illegally using a disabled blue badge.

Wura-Ola Ojora from the Holly Park Estate was found guilty in her absence at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court on 20 November after she was prosecuted by Enfield Council, magistrates fined her £400 ordered her to pay costs of £426 and a £40 victim surcharge.

She was caught parked partially inside a pay and display bay and on a single yellow line in Hertford Road, Enfield at 2.22pm on 29 May displaying a disabled blue badge and no parking ticket. When questioned by Enfield Council enforcement officers she told them she had dropped the badge holder in town and that she was allowed five minutes free parking.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “This woman has just been given 866 reasons not to misuse a disabled blue badge. It beggars belief that people still think they can get away with parking illegally with badges that don’t belong to them. We have prosecuted a significant number of people for blue badge fraud, and we’ll continue to do so.

“My advice for people considering this crime is, it’s just not worth it. Act in a lawful manner, buy a parking ticket and park properly and you won’t end up with a huge fine for fraudulently using someone else’s blue badge, its hardly rocket science. If you decide not to, Enfield Council will find you and prosecute you.”

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