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Use and mis-use of a blue badge

General guidelines

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 parked.

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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.

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 Crossings.

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 Supplement".

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.

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.

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 travelassessment@cornwall.gov.uk.

You can also report abuse at your nearest One Stop Shop. Inappropriate parking can be reported to Civil Enforcement Officers.

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