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Disabled Parking: Your Rights

By: Jennie Kermode - Updated: 20 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Disabled Blue Badge Disability Parking

Figuring out what you are and are not allowed to do with your car when you're disabled can be complicated. Many people don't realise that they don't actually need to own or drive a car in order to be covered under disability parking schemes. It's possible to get help even if you don't receive disability benefits, and you can even get special arrangements made to help you park close to your own home.

The Blue Badge Scheme

Most parts of Britain are covered by the Blue Badge scheme. This differs slightly in England, Scotland and Wales, but the basic principle is the same. You can apply for a blue badge from your local council - just call their general enquiries number or visit their website. Your blue badge will give you special parking privileges to make it easier for you to stop your car close to where you need to be.

If you are registered blind, are receiving the high rate of Disability Living Allowance for mobility or are receiving a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement, you can get a blue badge automatically. If you are not in this situation but you do have a disability that makes it difficult to get around (including difficulty in carrying things or the need to keep heavy medical equipment close to you), you can apply for a badge on a discretionary basis. You can use your badge in any car.

You don't need to be the driver of a car to use your blue badge, as long as you are travelling in it. It must be clearly on display at all times when you are parked. If you ride a motorbike you can get a special secure permit holder to keep it safe.

Local Badge Schemes

Some major cities have their own badge schemes to prevent congestion. These badges make special parking provisions available to local residents only. If you have a blue badge, however, you can still park in the specially designated blue badge parking spaces in these cities.

In Northern Ireland, a blue badge will give you access to some areas but you will need a white badge for others. This single scheme applies across the whole of the country.

Where You Can Park

A blue badge will let you park in registered blue badge parking spaces. You can park anywhere that there is an on-street parking meter or a pay and display machine without having to pay, for as long as you want. You can park on single or double yellow lines as long as there are no signs prohibiting loading and unloading, but in England and Wales you are only allowed to do this for up to three hours at a time.

Some private car parks operate special rules for blue badge holders; for instance, supermarkets may have reserved parking spaces close to their entrances. Sometimes private car parks offer free parking to badge holders where they charge other users, but you will have to check the rules on entering them. Disabled drivers have no automatic right to use private car parks for free.

Blue badge access does not apply at most airports but some have their own special facilities for disabled travellers arriving by car. Your travel agent will be able to help you clarify this in each case.

Parking Near Home

If your disability means that you need to park close to your home, your local council can help. If you live in an area where everybody parks on the street, you can arrange to have a special disabled parking space created for your car or for a car driven by somebody living at your address who helps you get around.

If you have private parking at your home but can't always access it because of how other people park, you can ask the council to mark the street as an access route. If your disability means you can no longer use the parking facilities on your property, you can apply for a reserved on street parking space.

Parking Abroad

Parking arrangements for disabled people vary a great deal around the world, but in the EU the rules are starting to be standardised. You can now use a blue badge in most EU countries. Your travel agent should be able to help you clarify the rules for particular destinations.

Blue badges are also accepted in some countries outside the EU. Some American states now recognise them, but as a rule it is best to apply for a temporary visitor's disabled access permit in each state you intend to visit.

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Tiggy - Your Question:
I have parked on a single yellow line outside my mother's who has lived there over 20yrs but now have had 2 parking tickets in less than a week and the enforcement ars saying I am not allowed to park there unless was unloading is this true ?

Our Response:
Yes, according to the Highway Code you shouldn't wait or park on yellow lines ‘during the times of operation’. These times of operation will be displayed nearby. The exception is that loading and unloading is permitted on single yellow lines provided you do not cause an obstruction.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 21-Feb-17 @ 11:22 AM
I have parked on a single yellow line outside my mother's who has lived there over 20yrs but now have had 2 parking tickets in less than a week and the enforcement ars saying i am not allowed to park there unless was unloading is this true ?
Tiggy - 20-Feb-17 @ 11:03 AM
Can you park in access only street with a blue badge?
Sue - 17-Feb-17 @ 4:37 PM
@faz - unfortunately you can't enforce this. You can only hope your neighbours will respect this, but if they don't there is not much you can do. Luckiliy in my road people don't park in my space -it would be a logistical nightmare if they did! MM
Mags - 14-Feb-17 @ 2:07 PM
On my disabled blue badge parking space outside my house, I don't get chance to park my own car, someone else cars are parked most of the time. What should I do
faz - 13-Feb-17 @ 6:44 PM
i would see if it had road tax, if not report, cars , vans can park on the road if road taxed,you could ask politly for it to be moved but the owner dont have to if it is taxed
bren - 8-Feb-17 @ 8:28 PM
I pick my nana up at least twice a week to take her out she is 80 year old and struggles walking. There has been a van belonging to neighbors parked right out side her house for months without moving which means I have to park down the road sometimes not on the same road can I ask them to move it.
Becky - 4-Feb-17 @ 4:11 PM
You don't need a blue badge if the disabled parking bay is on private land.I am disabled but haven't got a blue badge. I have parked in the disabled parking bay near my block of flats and got some stick from local tenants. I told them to mind their own business. I read about it with my local council and they stated off road disabled parking cannot be enforced. Our block of flats now belongs to a housing association, not with the council. I am disabled and i'm still going to park there.
Waasifah - 1-Feb-17 @ 8:28 PM
I have a query that I can't seem to find an answer too. I live in a block of 6 flats and there is 4 parking spaces which are for residents only. 2 of these are for disabled. The disabled parking area is just white dashed lines with the words ..disabled...written on edge of white lines. There are also signs up clearing stating that the parking spaces ( all 4 ) are for residents only. The rest of the road is double yellow lines both sides of the road. Our problem is, there is a play centre opposite the flats and visitors are always parked in our spaces. I myself am registered disabled but do not drive however my mum who regularly visits is severely disabled and parks in one of the disabled spots. Remember our parking bay is for residents and their visitors, yet there are some who go to this play centre who park in the disabled area. Some have a blue badge some do not. I know that those without a blue badge are parking illegally but what rights do we have concerning the other spaces and those with blue badges..can anyone use the residents parking spaces ? Also can any blue badge holder park in the allocated disabled spaces ?
Shazza - 29-Jan-17 @ 4:25 PM
sorry, should have stated she has 3 hours on her badge.
miffed - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:32 PM
my disabled mother stayed in a carpark run by ukcps , for 2hrs 50m, although the limit was 2 hours. she was not in a disabled bay. she has been issued with a ticket and a £100 fine , which drops to £50 if paid straight away. any thoughts. thanks.
miffed - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:30 PM
Hi My neighbours mum parks her car all day heresome times and out side my window blue badge too showing... able to walk to other neighbours place ..it's on orbit land can she do it ..she able to walk to and from other house so y can't she park in spaces given ..mis using it blue badge ????
K - 11-Jan-17 @ 9:41 PM
Tinsut - Your Question:
(Scotland) my dad is a blue badge holder and has been parking in avresidents only car park for 12 years, he does have a small space at the front of his house but it backs onto a main road and is difficult to reverse in or out of as the road is very busy. He has been informed that he can no longer park in the residents car park as there has been a complaint by a new resident both his house and the car park are owned by the local authority, can you give any advice please.

Our Response:
I'm afraid he would have to take this up with his LA directly.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 9-Jan-17 @ 2:46 PM
(Scotland) my dad is a blue badge holder and has been parking in avresidents only car park for 12 years, he does have a small space at the front of his house but it backs onto a main road and is difficult to reverse in or out of as the road is very busy. He has been informed that he can no longer park in the residents car park as there has been a complaint by a new resident both his house and the car park are owned by the local authority, can you give any advice please.
Tinsut - 9-Jan-17 @ 10:34 AM
I have a neighbor who rightly has a disabled spot not a problem but she doesn't park in the bay? She parks outside it and makes it hard for everyone else to park in the area is this allowed or is she abusing the badge?
Tim - 31-Dec-16 @ 3:19 PM
Can you park in the disabled bay made for your house with the disabled badgewithout the disabled badge holder being indoors? Sometimes my mum goes out with others and I want to leave the car in the bay if I'm at home. I'm registered as her carer
C - 30-Dec-16 @ 12:44 PM
@Maz - it's up to the owners whether they are willing to allocate disabled parking - as it has nothing to do with the council in privately owner residential areas.
Nick - 16-Dec-16 @ 10:25 AM
Hi, I'm a blue badge holder and live on a private estate with residential parking for all residents. I have asked for them to assign a bay for me however it would appear that they don't have to. Can you tell me if this is legal. I ask because I live in London and many flats are private resident only parking and sometimes I cannot park close to my home? Regards maz
Maz - 15-Dec-16 @ 12:28 PM
Dear friends. I am retired due to ill health. My health has deteriated a lot in the past months and can't walk far because of pain and breathing difficulties lots of stress and anxiety and hardship. I live in a adapted disability bungalow. My self and my partner Heather have a disability parking blue badge. We can't park in the road because of opposit propertys have their own drives to their property's. At the back of our little council adapted disabillity bungalow there is a drive to garages and access to the back of property's. At the moment we park at the back on this acsess. It is not fair on people because our cars are in their way and we have to move our cars every time people want acsess to the back of their property's. We asked the council if they would convert the back garden into a parking area and that would solve all problems for us and local people near our property. We have been in touch with our council and had a visit from the social services and month ago. We received a letter last week turning us down because we both can get to our cars. No consideration for my health or my partner. I think this is disgustingly and unconsiderat to our health and disability. Please reply. Thank you. Arfon...
Arfon - 13-Dec-16 @ 11:16 AM
@nick - if a person is disabled and the bay is not being used at that time, then another disabled blue badge holder can park in it. Gel.
GNC56 - 12-Dec-16 @ 3:03 PM
Spooney - Your Question:
If you have a disabled bay outside your house but do not have a car anymore can you stop other people parking there.

Our Response:
Advisory bays that are marked with the word DISABLED, but they don’t have a restriction plate showing the blue disabled symbol accompanying them can’t be enforced and no action can be taken against anyone else who parks there. You would have to contact your local authority if the disabled space is no longer in use, or if you no longer have a car, or a blue badge. If you continue to display the badge when you or a family member no longer needs it, your family member can be fined up to to £1,000.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 12-Dec-16 @ 2:46 PM
Claire - Your Question:
My partner has a marked company works van, can I use my blue badge in it to park in public car parks, I can't find any information anywhere to help me

Our Response:
The Blue Badge is linked to you rather than a vehicle,so you can use it with any car. This includes taxis and hire cars that you're driving, or travelling in as a passenger, please see CAB link here for more information.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 12-Dec-16 @ 2:15 PM
If you have a disabled bay outside your house but do not have a car anymore can you stop other people parking there.
Spooney - 12-Dec-16 @ 10:33 AM
My partner has a marked company works van, can I use my blue badge in it to park in public car parks, I can't find any information anywhere to help me
Claire - 11-Dec-16 @ 9:28 PM
We have a disabled bay outside our house for me but people visiting people in the street & have a blue badge park in the bay meaning we have to park elsewhere sometimes in another Street. What is the point of it if you can't go out at the risk you can't park again . It should be if it is outside a house people should be more considerate about otherica disabled people's needs.
nick - 10-Dec-16 @ 6:12 PM
One of my family members has a blue badge, can this badge be used on a motorbike and does the same rules apply.
Kathy - 7-Dec-16 @ 8:32 AM
Hi there. It would be great if anyone can help me on this matter. OK 5 months ago my mum who is registered disabled parked at my partners house which belongs to housing and used to run a permit scheme with Winchester council so my mum could park outside my partners house with her blue badge no problem at all. Until about 6 months ago the contract they had for parking changed to a private company called parking and property management limitited. And there is no disable bays so my mum had no option but to park in 1 of the many empty bays outside the house after being parked there 5 mins to drop off the kids. She then recieved a ticket asking for 70 pound and if it was not paid in 2 weeks it will be 120 pound. She then recieved all the fake looking letter threatening court action. So she ignored them after I told her to from all the research I've had to do on Google to avoid her paying an extremely unfair parking charge!she did go through their appeal system twice and lost both times. After all the letters they have sent herthey are now saying they are owed £343.58 or someone from dcbi will turn up to collect using a warrent of control. Or obtaining a detachment of earnings!Placing a charging order on her property or prevent future lending.All this is causing her alot of stress and it really isn't fair. Also in the last month I recieved a ticket as I wasn't given time to even run indoors to get the free visitors permit which I never used to worry about when it was under Winchester city council contract as my works vehicle was exempt from parking anywhere in our district or east hants districtas it is a council vehicle. so I am also trying to fightmine. I really would appreciate any advice on what to do is it is so unfair what they want from us for parking at our home. They brought the scheme in to reduce students parking there as it is next to the uni. But since its gone private they have only issued so many free permitsfor the residents.And guess what.They now give 60 percent of our free permits to the students. And those that don't own one seem to park for free and never seem to get booked while the residents all seem to get penalised! So we have to buy extra scratch cards to display to prevent this. Is it a real court proceedings they use or just a kangaroo court?They didn't even have any signs up at the time we both got booked. I did take some pictures that show this. It's only in the last 2 months that they came and placed signs of contract tied to the lamp post so high on cable ties that you can't even read what it said unless your 11 ft tall with a magnification glass on the end of your nose. So there wasn't even a contract to agree to at the time.Thanks for listening. Any help or advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Danny
ActiveDanny - 7-Dec-16 @ 1:23 AM
Zara - Your Question:
Can you park half in disable bay and half on double yellow using blue badge

Our Response:
As a rule, badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours. However, where local schemes apply, such as those that apply in parts of central London you should check the rules for that area. Where local schemes apply, such as those that apply in parts of central London, you should check the rules for that area.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 5-Dec-16 @ 2:23 PM
Can you park half in disable bay and half on double yellow using blue badge
Zara - 5-Dec-16 @ 10:44 AM
I am renting a property on a fairly busy road with eateries nearby, the problem is I have to park a bit away from our house and because I have a blue badge I enquired about and applied for a disabled parking spot for outside.I was happy when they came and painted the parking bay but now only days later the landlord who owns the property upstairs (according to the tenants they haven't seen him in the three years they've lived there) now has been round saying we are not allowed to have this parking bay and has been questioning all the neighbours to find out who had it done.he now states its an inconvenience and will get the council to remove it because he wants to install a driveway.can he do this?
katrina - 2-Dec-16 @ 1:04 PM
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