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Barnes pensioner used dead mother’s blue badge to dodge parking fees


A pensioner got caught on the wrong side of the law after using his dead mother’s disabled badge to dodge parking charges.

Credit: Article from Richmond & Twickenham Times by Christine Fleming – 20th October 2010

Image: A Blue Badge sign marking a disabled parking bay

Michael Feldman, 70, of Petersham Road, Richmond, admitted changing the expiry date on the blue badge and using it to get free parking for eight years.

Feldman, who was one of 11 prosecuted for blue badge misuse in the past three weeks, was convicted of fraudulently amending the badge and changing the expiry date to 2011.

When he appeared at Richmond Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday he was fined £690 and ordered to pay costs of £540.


Hundreds of fake Blue Badges are seized every year. Many abusers are prosecuted for fraud.

Caption: Hundreds of fake Blue Badges are seized every year. Councils are employing specialist teams to crack down on Blue Badge fraud and take perpetrators to court.


The Richmond and Twickenham Times visited Feldman’s riverside home to get his response but there was no answer when we rang the buzzer on the gated entrance.

The 10 other motorists who were prosecuted following Richmond Council’s May crackdown were also fined and in total will have to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs.

All 11 motorists were caught as part of a council and police-run operation to raise awareness of blue badge fraud and misuse as a criminal offence.


All badge holders are given a booklet when they register with the council that states acceptable use. There is also clear Government guidance for holders, and their carers, which says non-badge holders should not take advantage of parking concessions provided under the scheme.

Councillor Clare Head, Richmond Council’s cabinet member for traffic, said: “Very strict rules exist on who can use a blue badge, and when we find able-bodied people taking advantage and not paying their way like everyone else in society, there will be no hesitation in prosecuting them.

“The badges exist to help people with mobility problems. Their unauthorised use by able-bodied people who think they can park anywhere they like is illegal and will not be tolerated.”

Also in court:

Amanda Eldridge, 40, of Redway Drive, Twickenham – used badge belonging to her disabled daughter to park at work after the school run. Fined £190 and £450 costs.

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