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Using your Blue Badge

Using your Blue Badge

A Blue Badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or driver.

The badge is intended for on-street parking only.

Off-street car parks, such as those provided by shopping centres, hospitals or supermarkets are covered by separate rules.

You must use the Blue Badge properly. The badge and its concessions are for your use only.

It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge. Doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. Making sure that the scheme is not abused will benefit genuine badge holders.

If you're using the parking concessions as a passenger, it's your responsibility to make sure that the driver is aware of all the rules set out in this guidance.

You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to have the benefit of the parking concessions. You must never use a copied badge to park or try to change the details on a badge.

The badge remains the property of Wokingham Borough Council. We can ask for the badge to be returned if it is being misused.

The badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if you are: 

  • Travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger
  • If someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped.

Don’t allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you.

You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to park for free, even if they are visiting you.

You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. 

It’s a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme.

You can report misuse of a Blue Badge to us in confidence by emailing: dpb@wokingham.gov.uk.

You must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must display the badge in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. 

The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the hologram. The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen.

You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable through fading or wear and tear, you must return the badge to us so we can issue you with a new one. Displaying a badge that is illegible may result in a parking fine.

Blind people need to ensure that people displaying the badge or clock on their behalf understand how to display them correctly. Incorrect display of the badge may result in a parking fine or a penalty charge notice.

If you do not drive yourself, it's important that you share this information with anyone who will be carrying you as a passenger. 

These are the parking concessions available to you as a Blue Badge holder. However, you must always check signs to see what the rules are when parking.

Yellow lines

Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours, but in general not where there are restrictions on loading or unloading – indicated by yellow kerb dashes and / or signs on plates. 

You should check whether a particular local council has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from this restriction.

Where local schemes apply, such as those that apply in parts of central London, you should check the rules for that area. You're not entitled to park on yellow lines in off-street car parks.

You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived. You must wait for at least one hour after a previous period of parking before you can park the same vehicle in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

‘On-street’ parking meters and pay-and-display machines

Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to. You must display the Blue Badge.

‘On-street’ disabled parking bays - signs have a blue wheelchair symbol

You may park for free. Unless signs say otherwise, you may park without time limit. You must display the Blue Badge (and the blue parking clock if the bay is time limited). Always try to use these bays instead of parking on yellow lines.

There are a number of restrictions and local parking schemes which you need to be aware of. below is a list of those places and the parking restrictions in force. If in doubt, ask the relevant local council before you travel.

Off-street car parks (such as supermarket, hospital or local council car parks)

Off-street car park operators should provide parking spaces for disabled people. However, it is up to the car park owner to decide whether badge holders can park free of charge.

Don't assume you can always park for free.

Some parts of Central London

The Blue Badge scheme does not fully apply in 4 central London boroughs due to specific traffic management concerns in these areas. These are: 

  • City of Westminster
  • City of London
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Part of the London Borough of Camden

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

Town centres where local schemes are in operation

Check local signs for information.

On-street parking areas where all motorists can park for free but only for a limited time

Badge holders may park for free and generally without time limit. However, if signs show there is also a time limit for badge holders, you must comply with the time limit shown and display your parking clock set to show the quarter hour period when you arrived at the bay.

Road systems at airports

Contact the airport in advance to check the parking arrangements.

Private roads

Do not park unless you have permission from the owner.

Red Routes (major roads in Greater London which are marked with a single or double red line)

Transport for London has general information on concessions for Blue Badge holders on roads that have priority (red) route controls. You can obtain this information by: 

There are a small number of red routes outside of London. Contact the relevant local council for advice on parking restrictions on these routes.

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. Like other road users, you must obey the rules of the road, as laid out in the Highway Code. Here is a list of places where you must not park:

  • Places where a ban on loading or unloading is in force, as indicated above by kerb markings
  • Parking places reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays. You may wish to check whether a particular local council has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from these restrictions
  • Pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines
  • Clearways (no stopping)
  • A bus stop clearway during its hours of operation
  • An urban clearway within its hours of operation. You may pick up or drop off passengers. All parking is forbidden
  • School ‘keep clear’ markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
  • Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks. Badge holders are not entitled to drive in bus lanes during their hours of operation
  • Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road, even if one of the lines is broken
  • Suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is not allowed
  • Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown for example by no-waiting cones

When you park on yellow lines or in other places where there is a time restriction, you need to display the blue parking clock to show your time of arrival. The clock should be sent to you together with the Blue Badge. If not, you can get a clock from the same council that issued the badge.

If you need to use a parking clock, you must display it on the vehicle’s dashboard or facia panel, so that the time can be seen clearly through the front windscreen. The clock should be set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the clock in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle.

Police officers, traffic wardens, parking attendants and civil enforcement officers have the power to inspect the badge. These people should produce an identity card with their photograph on it to prove they are who they say they are. However, Civil Enforcement Officers are allowed to operate in plain clothes.

If any of these people ask to see the badge, you must show it to them. If you refuse, you could be fined up to £1,000. 

Enforcement officers also have right to retain the badge, without police presence, if they have reasonable grounds to do so.

Find out more about using the Blue Badge on the  GOV.UK website.

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