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A Blue Badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or driver. However, the badge is intended for on-street parking only. Off-street car parks, such as those provided in local authority, hospital or supermarket car parks are governed by separate rules.
Your responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder
It is down to you to use the Blue Badge properly. The badge and its concessions are for your use only. It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine. Making sure that the scheme is not abused will benefit genuine badge holders, such as yourself.
If you are using the parking concessions as a passenger, it is your responsibility to make sure that the driver is aware of all the rules
You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to have the benefit of the parking concessions.
You must never copy the badge or attempt to alter the details.
The badge remains the property of the issuing local authority. They can ask for the badge to be returned if it is being misused.
Who can use the badge?
The badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped.
Do not allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you, unless you are travelling with them.
• You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to park for free, even if they are visiting you.
• You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. Although it is not illegal for a badge holder, or a non-disabled person waiting for the badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle while the Blue Badge is displayed, consideration should be given to using a car park whenever possible.
• It is a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme.
Government Crackdown on Blue Badge Parking Abuse
How to display the badge
When using the parking concessions you must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the badge in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol. The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen.
You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable through fading or wear and tear, you must return the badge to your local authority so they can issue you with a new one. Displaying a badge that is illegible may result in a parking fine.
Blind people need to ensure that people displaying the badge or clock on their behalf understand how to display them correctly.
Incorrect display of the badge may result in a parking fine.
When you need to use a parking clock
When you park on yellow lines or in other places where there is a time restriction, you need to display the blue parking clock to show your time of arrival. The clock should be sent to you together with the Blue Badge. If not, you can get a clock from the same authority that issued the badge.
If you need to use a parking clock, you must display it on the vehicle’s dashboard or facia panel, so that the time can be seen clearly through the front windscreen. The clock should be set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the clock in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle.
Power to inspect the badge
Police officers, traffic wardens, parking attendants and civil enforcement officers have the power to inspect the badge. These people should produce an identity card with their photograph on it to prove they are who they say they are. If any of these people ask to see the badge, you must show it to them. If you do not, you will be breaking the law and you could be fined up to £1,000.
Renewing the badge
You should apply for a new badge from your local authority some weeks before it runs out. Not all local authorities send out reminders. Do not use the badge if it has expired or you may be fined.
Returning the badge
You must return the badge securely to your local authority if
• the badge has expired;
• your medical condition or mobility improves and you are no longer eligible;
• a replacement badge has been issued for one that is lost or stolen and the original is found/recovered (then the original badge must be returned);
• the badge becomes damaged or faded and is illegible;
• the badge is no longer required, for example should you be confined to the house.
Please also note that the badge should be returned to the issuing authority on the death of the badge holder.
If you continue to display the badge when you no longer need it you may be fined up to £1,000.
Where can I park?
If you do not drive yourself, it is important that you share this information with anyone who will be carrying you as a passenger.
holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to
three hours but in general not where there are restrictions
on loading or unloading – indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or
signs on plates. (You may wish to check whether a particular
local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from
this restriction.) Where local schemes apply, such as those
that apply in parts of central London , you should check the
rules for that area.
You are not entitled to park on yellow lines in off-street car parks.
You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived.
You must wait for at least one hour after a previous period of parking before you can park the same vehicle in the same road or part of a road on the same day.
|‘On-street’ parking meters and pay-and-display machines||Badge
holders may park for free and for as long as they need to.
You must display the Blue Badge.
|‘On-street’ disabled parking bays (Signs have a blue wheelchair symbol)||You
may park free and without time limit unless signs say otherwise
(check local signs for information).
You must display the Blue Badge.
Always try to use these bays instead of parking on yellow lines.
Places you need to check before parking
There are a number of restrictions and local parking schemes which you need to be aware of. Here is a list of those places and the parking restrictions in force. If in doubt, ask the relevant authority before you travel.
|Off-street car parks (such as supermarket, hospital or local authority car parks)||Off-street
car park operators should provide parking spaces for disabled
people. However, it is up to the car park owner to decide whether
badge holders can park free of charge.
Do not assume you can always park for free.
|Town centres where local schemes are in operation||Please check local signs for information.|
|On-street parking areas where all motorists can park for free but only for a limited time||Badge holders may park for as long as they wish unless signs say otherwise. Please check with signs before parking. If there is a time limit please display the blue parking clock which should be set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived.|
|Road systems at airports||Contact the airport in advance to check the parking arrangements.|
|Private roads||Do not park unless you have permission from the owner(s).|
Routes (major roads in Greater London which are marked with
a single or double red line)
Please note there are a small number of red routes outside of London. Please contact the relevant local authority for advice on parking restrictions on these routes.
for London has general information on concessions for Blue Badge
holders on roads that have priority (red) route controls.
You can obtain this information by ringing them on 0845 305 1234 or by visiting their website at www.tfl.gov.uk
Places where you cannot park
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. Like other road users, you must obey the rules of the road, as laid out in the Highway Code. Here is a list of places where you must not park.
• Places where a ban on loading or unloading is in force, as indicated above by kerb markings. (However you may wish to check whether a particular local authority has, exceptionally, chosen to allow Blue Badge holders to park where there are loading restrictions).
• Parking places reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays. (However you may wish to check whether a particular local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from these restrictions).
• Pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines.
• Clearways (no stopping).
• A bus stop clearway during its hours of operation.
• An urban clearway within its hours of operation. You may pick up or drop off passengers. All parking is forbidden.
• School ‘keep clear’ markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate.
• Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks. Badge holders are not entitled to drive in bus lanes during their hours of operation.
• Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken).
• Suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is not allowed.
• Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown for example by no-waiting cones.
Safe and responsible parking
Do not park where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users. Examples of dangerous or obstructive parking include the following, although there are others:
• school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge;
• parking opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space;
• where it would make the road narrow, such as by a traffic island or roadworks;
• where it would hold up traffic, such as in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances;
• where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, such as hospital entrances;
• where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to help wheelchair users; and
• on a pavement, unless signs permit it.
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined or have your vehicle removed.
If you do not drive yourself, you should share the information in this leaflet with the person who will be carrying you as a passenger.
You cannot legally be wheelclamped on the public highway (‘on-street’) for parking offences, provided you correctly display a valid Blue Badge according to the rules of the scheme. Parking in forbidden areas or where it would endanger or obstruct other road users is an offence, which could result in you receiving a parking fine. You could also be prosecuted, have your car towed away and the badge withdrawn.
Travelling in London
The Blue Badge Scheme does not fully apply in certain parts of Central London. Please check the following information before travelling.
Travelling in Central London
The Blue Badge Scheme does not fully apply in four central London boroughs due to specific traffic management concerns that exist in these areas. These are the City of Westminster, the City of London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and part of the London Borough of Camden
These four boroughs offer their own individual parking concessions to disabled people who live or work in their areas. They do, however, provide a number of bays for Blue Badge holders. Information on where these bays are located can be found by contacting the relevant borough at its address on the next two pages or by viewing the following website www.bluebadgelondon.org.uk
Central London Congestion Charge Scheme
As a badge holder you do not have to pay the Congestion Charge.
To qualify for the 100% discount from the Charge, you must first register with Transport for London and pay a registration fee of £10. You need to apply at least 10 days before your journey.
You do not need to own or drive a vehicle to register for this concession. You can register up to two vehicles that you normally use for travelling in Central London. You can get a registration form by writing to Congestion Charging, PO Box 4782, Worthing BN11 9PS, by visiting the Congestion Charge website at www.cclondon.com, or by calling their helpline on 0845 900 1234 (Textphone 020 7649 9123).
You can use your badge when travelling in the European Union but concessions do vary. If in doubt always check locally before travelling somewhere new.
The Blue Badge is recognised throughout the european Union (eU). This means that you can take advantage of the parking concessions available in all other EU countries.
As concessions in other EU countries may change over time, we advise you to check what concessions are available before travelling.
There are no current arrangements for you to use the badge outside the European Union, in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, although they may be prepared to recognise the Blue Badge. We advise you to check what concessions are available before travelling to non-EU countries.