Blue Badge Scheme

Posted in: 28th April 2011 by erica

The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems and allows them to park close to where they need to go.

New changes to the Blue Badge Scheme over the next year

the maximum fee a badge will increase from £2 to £10
the design will change to make it harder to forge and aid enforcement
more members of the armed forces and disabled children will qualify for a Blue Badge

How to apply for a Blue Badge

The application of the scheme differs across the UK. The information on this page relates to England unless specified.

In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park:

except where there is a ban on loading or unloading on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours,
Free at ‘on-street’ parking meters and pay-and-display machines

The scheme does not apply to off-street car parks, private roads and at most airports. However, parking spaces may be offered to badge holders, but do not assume you can park for free.

The scheme does not fully apply in four central London boroughs, who offer their own parking concessions:

The UK has agreed informal parking arrangements with other European Union (EU) countries, so you may be able to use the Blue Badge abroad.See the EUs own information booklet about using the Blue Badge in European countries.

In non-EU countries, you should take the badge with you and ask whether you are entitled to use it.

If an enforcement officer asks to see your Blue Badge, you must show it to them. Failure could be fined up result in a fine upto £1,000.Enforcement officers are not allowed to take away a Blue Badge unless accompanied by a police officer.

Blue Badges are the property of local councils, who can take them away if they are misused.

The Blue Badge is for your use only, it is an offence to allow other people to use the Blue Badge to:

do something on your behalf such as shopping whilst you stay at home
allow friends or family to park for free even if they are visiting you
let non-disabled people take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car
It is not illegal for a Blue Badge holder, or non-badge holder waiting for the Blue Badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle with the badge displayed. However, you should consider using a car park whenever possible.

The maximum fine for someone convicted is £1,000 plus any additional penalty for the related parking offence.

If you think that a Blue Badge is being misused you should:

get as many details as possible from the badge on display
report the matter to your local council, who will investigate and take action