The Blue Badge Scheme is available to individuals with disabilities who have severe mobility issues and need to park close to a location they want to visit. Designated areas provide Blue Badge owners a parking location in on-street parking. The Blue Badge Scheme is used throughout the United Kingdom. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have slight variations.
Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme allows on-street parking privileges in areas marked with a single and double yellow line. Individuals in England and Wales may park in these areas for up to three hours. Scotland has no set time limit in the majority of these areas. The Blue Badge and the blue parking clock must be displayed in areas where there is a time limit. The privilege does not apply in loading or unloading zones.
Blue Badge holders may park at on-street pay-and-display machines and on-street parking meters for free. There is no time limit on how long the car is parked.
Display the Blue Badge on the fascia panel or dashboard of the car with the front of the badge facing upward. The wheelchair symbol must be visible. Make sure it can be read clearly when looking through the windscreen.
Remove the Blue Badge from view in any parking location that is not designated for Blue Badge use. The Blue Badge should never be displayed when parking concessions are not being used.
Display the blue time clock when parking on yellow lines and in a parking bay that allows Blue Badge use. Set the clock at the closest quarter hour of parking. Display the blue clock next to the Blue Badge on the fascia panel or dashboard.
Blue Badge card holders do not pay the London Congestion Charge or tolls on certain bridges, river crossings or tunnels. You must acquire a permit from Transport for London (TfL) prior to crossing these areas. A small registration fee applies.
Use the Blue Badge throughout the United Kingdom, the European Union and some other European countries. There are no agreements with any countries outside of Europe that honour the Blue Badge.
Police officers, traffic wardens, civil enforcement officers and local authority parking attendants have the right to inspect the Blue Badge. Ask to see the individual's identity card with photograph to verify his position. Only a police officer may confiscate the Blue Badge. Other enforcement officers may not. You must show the Blue Badge to an enforcement officer. The officer may charge you a fine if you don't.
The Community Transport Association provides an advice line concerning the Blue Badge. Its phone is 020 7944 2914 or 0161 367 0009.
The Blue Badge will be taken away if you use it in an illegal manner. Only the owner can use the badge. It cannot be given to other individuals to use unless the Blue Badge owner is in the car. Misuse of the Blue Badge will result in a ticket, fine and possible revocation.