Drivers caught misusing parking permits for disabled people have again been named and shamed by Bromley Council.

Fines totalling £1,794, including court costs and surcharges, were issued to two defendants, who both displayed blue badges belonging to a family member in their absence.

Since the beginning of 2019, more than 65 drivers have been prosecuted for similar offences in the borough.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “It’s disheartening that once again, family members are responsible for abusing the Blue Badge scheme.

"These drivers must now be asking themselves why they took the risk and ended up with a fine and criminal record, when they could have paid to park for a small fee or walked a bit further.”

“I cannot stress strongly enough that misuse of a scheme designed to assist those with genuine disabilities will not be tolerated.

"We will continue to protect the scheme at all costs. Routine daily badge checks are being carried out across the borough and where misuse is suspected, our zero tolerance applies.

"We’ll investigate thoroughly, cross checking information given by the driver at the scene with the relevant organisations.

"Anyone who thinks they can continue to abuse the scheme, please be warned - you will be caught and prosecuted.”

Ms Ellen Baker-Lee of Brewery Road, Bromley, was guilty of failing to provide details of the individual who was driving her car on July 4 (2019) when a suspected misuse incident occurred.

Ms Giti Fazly of Dillwyn Close, Sydenham, was guilty of displaying a Blue Badge on August 4 (2019) to park in a shared use bay on West Street when the holder was not present.

Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which can lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.