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The Blue Badge Scheme explained

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 29 Jul 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Blue Badge Scheme Disabled Parking Badge

People with severe mobility problems and people who have difficulty in using public transport, or who are parents or carers for young children with certain disabilities, are able to make use of the Blue Badge scheme, which operates throughout the UK, giving them a range of parking concessions. Your local council is in charge of the issuing of Blue Badge parking permits and will be able to inform you of the criteria for their issue.

Parking On Yellow Lines

Under the Blue Badge scheme disabled people may, in England and Wales, park on streets with single yellow or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours.

In Scotland there is no time limit applied for Blue Badge holders who wish to park on single or double yellow lines. It should be noted that parking concessions under the Blue Badge scheme only apply to on street parking and does not apply in areas where there is a ban on the unloading and loading of vehicles. Some areas, such as central London, also have local schemes in operation.

When parking your vehicle on a single or double yellow line it is most important that you display both your Blue Badge and a parking disk which shows what time you arrived. In parking areas covered by on street parking meters and pay and display machines, Blue Badge holders are able to park for free and for as long as is necessary, unless a notice advises that there is a time limit applicable to Blue Badge holders.

If such a time limit system is in operation you must also ensure that the blue parking disk displaying your arrival time is also on show. There are a number of minor variations in the Blue Badge scheme between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so you need to confirm what these are before using your Blue Badge.

Blue Badge holders are exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge. You will, however, have to register with Transport for London at least ten days before you plan to visit London in order to qualify for this exemption. There is also a one off payment of £10 to cover registration.

Use Of Blue Badge Abroad

As well as using your Blue Badge in the UK, it can also be used in a number of other European countries. The UK has reciprocal parking arrangements with some other European countries. The Institute of Advanced Motorists has published a booklet regarding the use of Blue Badges across Europe. This is also available to be downloaded from their website. If you are travelling outside the European Union it is always worthwhile taking your Blue Badge with you and finding out if you are able to use your Blue Badge in the area you are visiting.

Should a Blue Badge holder misuse the badge, by allowing other people to use it or by continuing to make use of it after their condition has improved to the point where they are no longer eligible for the Blue Badge scheme, local councils have the power to take the Blue Badge away.

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Tracys11 - Your Question:
Earlier this year I had an emergency and had to park in a permit holders only space on a quite busy street, many others had also done this, I displayed my blue badge with the correct time showing. I came back not quite an hour later and found that I had been given a parking ticket for doing this, the only person out of 34 cars who had parked without permit, but mine was the only car displaying a balue baadge, I thought I was able to do this, was I parked illegally??

Our Response:
This is a bay in which only vehicles displaying a valid resident, business or visitor permit may park. In general, the Blue Badge does not allow parking within permit bays, loading bays or when a loading restriction is in operation on yellow lines. However,you may wish to check whether a particular local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from these restrictions. You can see more via the gov.uk link here about how you can appeal.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 1-Aug-17 @ 9:59 AM
Earlier this year I had an emergency and had to park in a permit holders only space on a quite busy street, many others had alsodone this, I displayed my blue badge with the correct time showing. I came back not quite an hour later and found that I had been given a parking ticket for doing this, the only person out of 34 cars who had parked without permit, but mine was the only car displaying a balue baadge, I thought I was able to do this, was I parked illegally??
Tracys11 - 29-Jul-17 @ 9:40 PM
Hi. My dad has recently bought a mobility scooter which is road legal. However he was asking if he can park on double yellow lines and if so does he gave to display his blue badge. Not sure it's as easy as displaying it in a car!
Sleeky - 21-May-17 @ 10:27 AM
This is Shocking if this ever happens again take a picture of the car and also call the police on 101 tell them what he is doing it is illegally parked and the police should move him on I hate it when people don't respect out badges :(
Richard - 9-Jan-17 @ 5:48 AM
Topgeargordon - Your Question:
I am a disabled guy and thankfully have a Blue Badge which comes in great need many times. I am increasingly noticing people using their blue badge to wait for people they have dropped off at say a supermarket or even worse the Hospital ! I had the unfortunate experience yesterday whilst trying to find a space to park at our Hospital to see my elderly mother who had just had an operation. there was two cars with guys sitting in their cars in disabled spaces.I made it obvious I needed the space and waited.they ignored me. so I drove a little closed and called out " excuse me are you disabled?".NO he said but my wife is Pregnant !!!!.then he sunk down in his seat and ignored me !!. luckily the other cars passenger showed up and got in their car and pulled away !!.why are people soo ignorant and un helpful ? I soo wish there was more inspectors to stop people from doing this sort of thing !

Our Response:
Most drivers will respect the rules of not parking in disabled bays without legitimate reasons. But there are many people who will simply disregard disabled parking signs and park illegally. Drivers who do park in disabled parking bays who are not Blue Badge holders will be liable to a Penalty Charge Notice, which means a fine. However, it always seems an inspector is never around when you want one. I can only suggest that if this happens you take a photo (if you have a camera phone) of the registration of the car and a photo that shows that person is illegally parked and send to the car-park owners. It may not get the person fined, but it will shake them up and perhaps prevent that person doing it again and it may spur the car-park inspectors on to become more vigilant.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 7-Jul-16 @ 11:24 AM
I am a disabled guy and thankfully have a Blue Badge which comes in great need many times . I am increasingly noticing people using their blue badge to wait for people they have dropped off at say a supermarket or even worse the Hospital ! I had the unfortunate experience yesterday whilst trying to find a space to park at our Hospital to see my elderly mother who had just had an operation . there was two cars with guys sitting in their cars in disabled spaces .I made it obvious I needed the space and waited ...they ignored me ... so I drove a little closed and called out " excuse me are you disabled?" ...NO he said but my wife is Pregnant !!!! ...then he sunk down in his seat and ignored me !!... luckily the other cars passenger showed up and got in their car and pulled away !!...why are people soo ignorant and un helpful ? I soo wish there was more inspectors to stop people from doing this sort of thing !
Topgeargordon - 6-Jul-16 @ 12:18 PM
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