A woman from Brent has been handed a 12-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay a £380 fine with a victim surcharge of £80 for using a stolen disabled Blue Badge on three separate ocassions.
45-year-old Sahra Elmi Yusef, from Wembley , was also given 120 hours of unpaid community work for the offence at Hendon Magistrates court on Tuesday (July 26).
Yusef pleaded guilty to using the stolen Blue Badge following an incident in October 2015 when a civil enforcement officer on patrol in Wembley issued Yusef's car with a parking ticket and notice the Blue Badge.
The badge had been reported as stolen by its original owner a year earlier, and evidence showed that the stolen badge had been used by the same vehicle on two previous occasions.
The Blue Badge scheme allows people with severe walking disabilities to park in parking restricted areas, with most areas allowing holders to park for free and for any length of time at on-street pay and display areas.
Cllr Muhammed Butt , Leader of Brent Council , said: "Blue badges are an essential means of helping to make our borough and local amenities accessible to all, which is why abuse of the badge scheme is so infuriating and unfair.
"Many disabled people rely on their blue badge to help them live independently, take part in the local community and contribute to their local economy.
"Every time a blue badge is used by someone who it does not belong to, that parking space is taken away from a disabled person who genuinely needs it.
"We are determined to do everything we can to protect the quality of life for our disabled and vulnerable residents, and will continue to come down hard on and prosecute those caught abusing the blue badge scheme."