Blue Badge scheme
Know the rules
A Blue Badge is for the use and benefit only of the person to whom the badge has been issued. More information, advice and guidance is available in our Blue Badge Bulletin.
- Blue Badge misuse is a criminal offence which could lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.
- A Blue Badge should only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or for a driver to park near to where the badge holder is being picked up or dropped off.
- Blue Badge holders must never allow friends or relatives to use the badge to run an errand on their behalf. This includes shopping or parking for any other reason when the badge holder is not there.
- The badge holder should not simply sit and wait in the car while a friend or relative goes shopping. The badge holder is not benefitting from this and it could prevent another badge holder from parking within a manageable distance of their destination.
- The badge holder is not benefitting if an able bodied driver displays the Blue Badge to visit them – the badge holder must be part of the journey.
A badge holder who is using the concessions of the Blue Badge Scheme as a passenger should ensure the driver is aware of all the rules, these are available in the The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England leaflet
Police officers, council officers and civil enforcement officers have the power to inspect a Blue Badge and confiscate it if they believe it is being misused. Officers may operate in plain clothes but will be able to produce identification to prove who they are. A Blue Badge must be shown to the officer when such a request is made.
You can report Blue Badge misuse if you have any information or concerns about this. The council will seek to prosecute all cases of misuse.
Confiscated Blue Badge
If it is believed that a Blue Badge is being misused under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, our officer is permitted to confiscate it under the Disabled Person’s Badges Act 2013. The Blue Badge is the property of the issuing authority and our officer is not obliged to return the badge to the driver.
The council will retain a confiscated badge for a short period of time to verify the details. Whilst we endeavour to process badges as quickly as possible, this can take several days. If the badge is valid, it will be returned to the relevant issuing authority.
Council officers are not permitted to meet with you in person or discuss the confiscation of the Blue Badge under any circumstances.
You can use our online form to enquire about a confiscated Blue Badge if you have any further questions, but please do not make a personal visit for this purpose.
Any information you provide may be given in evidence if the matter proceeds to a prosecution in court.