A Kirklees Council worker has been fined for using her elderly mother’s disabled parking badge.
Parking cheat Shahida Bano, of Bradford Road in Fartown, was caught out using the blue badge on three occasions on Town Hall Way in Dewsbury.
Bano, 42, did not appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court to face the charges. She has been left £429 out of pocket.
The offences were committed in just one week in February in a BMW Five Series car.
In court, Kirklees Council solicitor Miles Barker said that the blue badge, given to those with disabilities to allow them to park closer to their destination, had been issued to her mother.
He said: “She takes her children to work every day.
“When caught she said she couldn’t find anywhere to park for free.
“She initially said it was the first time that she had done it but when she was presented with the evidence she admitted she’d been using it for at least a week.”
Mr Barker lambasted the abuse of the blue badge system, which he claimed was a large problem.
“The blue badge system is open to abuse, so much so that it’s gone past the level of giving fixed penalties.
“Sometimes people use others badges or use badges that are fake or have expired.
“It’s not just parking revenue that the council has lost in this case but the costs involved in recovering the fines and the prosecution.”
Bano was convicted of unlawful use a disabled person’s badge in relation to use of a vehicle.
She was ordered to pay a £331 fine, £65 in court costs and a £33 surcharge.
Blue badges can only be used by able-bodied drivers if the disabled person is in the vehicle, or they are picking them up or dropping them off.