Rotherham motorists fined for blue badge fraud

Crown Court
Crown Court

Five motorists in Rotherham who misused blue badges issued to disabled drivers and passengers have been prosecuted.

Mazafer Hussain, aged 41, of Eslaforde Terrace, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to using his dead brother-in-law’s badge to park in a disabled bay.

Theresa Ripley, 37, of Oakwood Road East, Rotherham, was found guilty in her absence of using her father’s badge to park in a disabled bay when he was not with her.

Lisa Truelove, 44, of Wensleydale Road, Rotherham and Melanie Kennedy, 52, of Alfred Road, Askern, Doncaster, both pleaded guilty to using their mothers’ passes to park when they were not with them.

And Zaheer Hussain Khan, 38, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to using his daughter’s blue badge to park his car in a disabled bay to avoid paying for a ticket when his daughter was in school.

All five motorists were fined.

Councillor Kath Sims, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Enforcement, said: “Some cases involved not only the fraudulent use of the badge but vehicles being parked in designated disabled bays which prevented genuine badge holders from using them. Other cases involved badges being used to in order avoid parking charges.”