Blue Badge scheme

How to use the badge

Blue badge holders must be present on the journey and the following dispensations will apply:

  1. Parking on a yellow line (single or double) for up to three hours (except where a loading ban is in force). The time clock must be set and displayed on such occasions.
  2. Parking at on-street paying bays and council operated car parks free of charge.
  3. Valid disabled badges must be displayed on the dashboard or windscreen of the vehicle and the expiry date of the badge must be visible.

Blue badge holders must not park under the following circumstances:

  1. Where the vehicle will cause an obstruction to traffic or pedestrians.
  2. Where there is a loading ban, during the times the ban is in force. A loading ban is shown by one or more yellow kerb markings with a plate saying when the ban applies. If you can't see a plate assume the ban applies 'at any time'.
  3. On school entrance zigzags during prohibited hours and on white zigzag safety markings.
  4. On the pavement (even with one wheel) unless there are signs indicating that it is permitted.
  5. On suspended meter bays, bus stops and places reserved for specific users, such as residents' bays or loading bays.

Blue Badge design

Blue Badges are produced by an external company (selected by the Department for Transport), which produces badges on behalf of all local authorities. Badges issued from 1 January 2012 are of rigid plastic design (PVC) and include several security features, including a digital image of the badge holder.  These features make them harder to copy, forge or alter and more resistant to fading and damage than the older style laminated cards. Please note however that the older style badges are valid until their marked expiry date.