Blue Badge scheme

The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help people with severe mobility problems caused by visible and non-visible ('hidden') disabilities to park close to their destination.

Use of your blue badge

Guidance on using your Blue Badge is set out in this Department of Transport booklet.

Where you can use it

In general you can use your badge for parking:

  • on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as you need to
  • in disabled parking bays. You can find out which car parks have disabled parking bays by checking the car parks information on the relevant district council website.

Where you cannot use 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.

Particular places where you must not park include:

  • where a ban on loading or unloading is in force
  • where parking places are reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays
  • 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 only pick up or drop off passengers
  • school 'keep clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
  • Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks
  • Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken)
  • Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown by no-waiting cones or temporary signs.

Displaying badge

Make sure the badge is facing upwards, so that the details on the front can be clearly seen. It should be placed on the dashboard.

You will get a time clock with your badge This must also be displayed when you are parking on a parking restriction, such as a double or single yellow line. Many disabled bays also have time restrictions and you must check the signs before leaving your vehicle.

Displaying the badge and clock on your dashboard helps the Enforcement Officers (traffic wardens) check that the badge is valid and that you have not exceeded the parking time.

Lost or stolen blue badge

If you lose your Blue Badge or time clock, or they are stolen, contact our customer service centre on 0300 500 80 80.

You will have to apply for a replacement badge. You will be asked to pay £10 for the replacement.


A badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it. You should only use your badge if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or a passenger. If you give it to someone else to use, this counts as misuse.

You should report the misuse of a badge to our customer service centre:

You could also contact the police. It is a criminal offence to misuse a Blue Badge and could lead to a £1,000 fine.

If you receive a letter saying that you have misused your badge and you disagree, contact our customer service centre:

If the Blue Badge holder dies, what do I do with their badge?

You can take the badge to the register office when you register the death. We will then cancel the badge and update our records without you needing to do anything else.

If you aren't able to return the badge at the registrar office you can post it back to:

The Blue Badge Team
PO Box 1889

Please include a letter letting us know the date of the badge holder's death. We will then cancel the badge and update our records for you.

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