A MOTHER has been fined hundreds of pounds for misusing her son’s Blue Badge in order to park for free when she visited a Windsor restaurant with a friend.
Abida Ahmed, of Mildenhall Road, Slough, was legitimately issued a Blue Badge for her son and was permitted to use it when she was travelling with him.
However, the 46-year-old parked in a disabled bay in Thames Street, Windsor, and displayed a Blue Badge before getting out of her car without her son on May 14 to visit the Giggling Squid with a friend.
Abida Ahmed, who did not attend the hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday, December 10, was accused of misusing her son’s disability Blue Badge and was convicted in her absence.
She was fined £440, ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge of £44 and prosecution costs of £350 within 28 days.
Cllr Beni Bains, cabinet member for Regulation and Public Protection, said: “Blue Badges are for some of the most vulnerable members of society to allow them easier and more convenient access, they are not for abuse by family members to obtain free or close parking when the holder of the Blue Badge is not in the vehicle.
“I hope this fine will serve as a warning to others to not abuse Blue Badges and to be more considerate to others by not misusing a space that another badge holder could be using.”