Use and mis-use of a blue badge
Last updated: 11/11/2013
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You must display the badge on top of the dash board or fascia
panel of a vehicle with the front of the badge (the side showing
the wheelchair user symbol) facing forward so that the relevant
details are legible from outside of the vehicle when the vehicle is
Only one blue badge is issued per person, not per car that you
travel in. If you regularly travel in more than one car it is your
responsibility to move the badge from car to car.
If you do not have a disabled persons badge in your own right
you should not park in a disabled space or use someone else’s badge
even if you are running an errand for them.
The blue badge is not a licence to park anywhere. Please look at
Blue Badges - users' rights and responsibilities – England on
the Department of Transport website to find out about terms and
conditions of use.
Blue badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow
lines for up to three hours except where there is a ban on loading
/ unloading. The blue badge must be displayed, together with the
special blue parking disc showing the time of arrival. You must not
park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others.
You can use any disabled parking bay. Even if a parking bay
appears to have been created and provided for a specific individual
it does not stop other badge holders from parking in the space if
it is vacant.
Crossing the Tamar Bridge
People who hold disabled persons badges and are regular users of
the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry may be entitled to
concessionary vouchers. Certain criteria have to be met in order to
obtain these concessionary vouchers. Applications and
re-applications are subject to a £2 administration charge.
Applicants should seek details of the concessions available by
submitting a stamped addressed envelope to the Tamar Bridge and
Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee. Please see also Tamar
Using your blue badge abroad
Blue badges are recognised throughout the European Union, but
concessions will obviously vary from region to region. You can
download a full list of the EU concessions at Department for
Transport - blue badge scheme.
The DVLA make the decision as to any entitlement for rate
reductions on Car Tax duty. The DVLA website states the following
"To tax in the disabled tax class you'll need exemption certificate
DLA404 if you get Disability Living Allowance or exemption
certificate WPA442 if you get the War Pensioner's Mobility
What to do if your blue badge is lost, stolen or faded
Where a badge has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or has become
so damaged/faded that it is illegible, a replacement badge can be
issued. If the original badge has less than six months until it
expires, a renewal application should be completed. If the original
badge has more than six months until it expires, service users
should write in to the local One Stop Shop asking for a
replacement and advising of the reasons why it is required. They
will also need to submit one photograph and a £10.00 fee.
In the case of lost or stolen badges the applicant will be asked
to provide the police crime report number. In the case of faded or
damaged badges, the existing badge should be returned.
What to do if a blue badge holder has died
Badges must be returned following the death of a service user so
that records can be updated on our system and badges destroyed. The
badge can be posted to your local One Stop Shop.
Misuse of a blue badge
We are aware that the majority of blue badge holders use their
badges responsibly and in accordance with the rules laid down by
the Department for Transport. Abuse of the scheme does take
place and the Council does take this very seriously.
Appropriate action will be taken where a badge is found to be
misused. However, due to Data Protection laws, we will not be
able to provide you with information on the progress of any
investigation or subsequent action.
Misuse of a blue badge is a serious offence:
- A badge can be withdrawn if it is misused or allowed to be
misused by others.
- It is a criminal offence for non-disabled
people to use a badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of
up to £1,000.
- It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle
displaying a blue badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle,
or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge
holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is
accessible only to vehicles displaying a blue badge) in order to
pick up or drop off the holder.
Abuse of a blue badge should be reported to Shared Services,
giving as much detail as possible. You can contact Shared Services
by ringing 0300 1234 121 or emailing email@example.com.
You can also report abuse at your nearest One Stop Shop.
Inappropriate parking can be reported to Civil Enforcement
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