Two men have been fined €250 each for using a fake Blue Badge which was originally issued for use for their parents.
This was revealed by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), revealing that the first person was a 20-year-old from Swieqi.
He was identified by the police during a patrol in St Julians after they spotted his car parked in a space reserved for Blue Badge holders. Following investigations with the CRPD it was concluded that it was in fact fake with the date on the badge manipulated. It had originally been issued for the man’s mother.
The second case involved the CRPD receiving a report form the public that a person who seemed he did not have a physical disability was making use of the badge. After enforcement officials convened on the spot, it was concluded that the badge had been reported lost or stolen.
Following enquiries with the St Julians police station, it was established that the fake badge had originally been issued to a father of a 37-year-old man form Sliema. Inspector Leeroy Balzan Engerer led both prosecutions, with Magistrate Ian Farrugia finding them both guilty.