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.
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.