Blue badge fraudster fined

Croydon Guardian: Blue badge fraudster who claimed to be picking up disabled nephew fined Blue badge fraudster who claimed to be picking up disabled nephew fined

A Mitcham man who used a blue badge parking permit meant for his disabled nephew has been fined £500.

Croydon Magistrates' Court heard how gas engineer Saad Tariq was caught using the permit by Croydon Council blue badge fraud investigator.

The 39-year-old was seen displaying it in his commercial vehicle in Sydenham Road, Croydon, returning 25 minutes later.

Mr Tariq, of Beecholme Avenue, Mitcham, claimed he was picking up his nephew but the court did not believe his story and found him guilty at a hearing on Tuesday, March 20.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs.

With 10,556 blue badges issued in Croydon, abuse of the scheme is a growing and widespread problem.

Tony Brooks, director of public realm and safety, said: “We have prosecuted a lot of people in the past couple of years and will continue to make sure that the badges are not being abused by able-bodied people who are taking up parking spaces that are meant for people who really do need the parking privileges they give.”

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3:54pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Have your say says...

Well done yet again Croydon with the successful prosecution of a Blue badge fraudster!!!! Now lets see every council throughout the country do the same.

Tariq yet another true english name.....nearly everyone prosecuted by the CCC has a foreign name!!!!
Well done yet again Croydon with the successful prosecution of a Blue badge fraudster!!!! Now lets see every council throughout the country do the same. Tariq yet another true english name.....nearly everyone prosecuted by the CCC has a foreign name!!!! Have your say
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9:49pm Mon 26 Mar 12

ANNE GILES says...

The name does not matter.
The name does not matter. ANNE GILES
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10:33am Tue 27 Mar 12

Indigenous Pensioner says...

I Hope some one ch ecked his real papers.THank you.
I Hope some one ch ecked his real papers.THank you. Indigenous Pensioner
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11:04am Tue 27 Mar 12

ANNE MILES says...

Does not surprise me in the least.
Does not surprise me in the least. ANNE MILES
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