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 information on the GOV.UK website.
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.