Bankers 'misusing' parking permits

A number of white-collar workers have been found guilty of misusing disabled parking permits, one of them belonging to a dead pensioner.

During August and September in 2009, Birmingham City Council's staff rumbled a legal worker, an accountant and a string of bank employees after they parked their cars in the city centre.

Most of the defendants convicted for abusing the permits to dodge parking charges were employees of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard that among those caught in the raid was a senior business associate at RBS, while others included a mortgage consultant, a clerk and an adviser at the bank.

The Blue Badge Scheme is a service for people with severe mobility problems that enables badge holders to park close to where they need to go.

Permits were issued by the Birmingham City Council, together with councils in Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Leicester.

Magistrates were told that most of those convicted used blue badges belonging to disabled parents or other relatives to avoid pay and display parking charges while at work.

While nine of the defendants pleaded guilty by letter, three others appeared in court in person to admit their guilt to offences under the 1984 Road Traffic Regulation Act.

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