Ashton Square: Fined for Using Disabled Badge Incorrectly

A Dunstable motorist used his wife’s Blue Badge when she was not present during a Central Bedfordshire Council targeted enforcement day, Luton Magistrates’ Court heard.

Mark Skipp, 58, of Chadwick Close, was found guilty of misusing the badge to park in Ashton Square in November 2019. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32 and costs of £600 – a total cost to him of £852.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Council Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council said, “People who misuse badges to park in spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders are inconsiderately taking spaces away from those who genuinely require them.”

“They allow a disabled person to park closer to their destination and must only be used by another person if the badge holder is present and being dropped off or collected.”

“Rules around Blue Badge use are very clear, and we have a zero-tolerance attitude against this type of crime. If we catch people using badges incorrectly, we will take action.”