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What makes a person guilty of a Section 117 Offence?
Section 117(1) stipulates that a person is guilty of an offence if they wrongfully:
● display a badge purporting to be valid under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, and● was using the vehicle in circumstances where a disabled person’s concession would be available to a disabled person’s vehicle.
What defences are available?
It is a defence if the badge was issued correctly and displayed in accordance with the regulations made under it.
When can a badge be displayed?
The Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles)(England) Regulations 2000 details the only circumstances in which the disabled badge can be displayed in a vehicle:
● if the vehicle has been driven by the holder, or has been used to carry the holder, to the place where it is to be parked, or● is to be driven by the holder, or is to be used to carry the holder, from that place.
What is the penalty?
The penalty for a S117 conviction at court is a financial penalty.
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