Delivery driver convicted of blue badge fraud

A Southend food delivery driver has been fined for blue badge misuse.

Andrzej Kacica, of Wesley Road, was charged with unlawfully using a blue badge on Wednesday March 6 at Basildon Magistrates Court.

A civil enforcement officer saw Kacica park his car on double yellow lines whilst displaying a blue badge in Leather Lane, Southend, on Thursday March 30 last year. When he returned to the vehicle he was carrying a Just Eat bag. The officer inspected the blue badge and Kacica admitted that it was his son’s badge, but claimed to be collecting food for his son.

Southend-on-Sea City Council’s counter fraud and investigation team interviewed Kacica, who denied that he was working as a delivery driver at the time of the offence and re-stated that he was collecting food for his son. Information later provided by Just Eat proved that Kacica was indeed delivering food at the time of the offence.

Kacica entered a guilty plea at Basildon Magistrates Court and was fined £60 and ordered to pay £800 in costs.

Councillor Kevin Buck, cabinet member for highways, transport and parking, said: “We wholly support the use of blue badges, but this sort of activity undermines a scheme aimed at assisting those that need it. We also have a duty to protect and act against those who fraudulently misuse these badges.”

If anyone has suspicions concerning similar blue badge misuse, or other types of fraud against the council, please call the counter fraud and investigation team on 01702 215254 or e-mail counterfraud@southend.gov.uk. All information received is treated in the strictest confidence.

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