The idea of the Blue Badge Scheme is to encourage disabled people to be able to travel independently, either as a driver or a passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.
Being able to park on a yellow line directly outside a shop for that forgotten item can be a great convenience – particularly in bad weather.
It is worth knowing that, although concessions apply to on-street parking nationally, the Blue Badge is NOT a ticket to universal free parking. Concessions do not apply to off-street car parks, such as supermarkets, airports or cinema car parks, or privately owned roads.
In their leaflet ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in England’, The Department for Transport remind us: “The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users, your vehicle could be towed away”.
To get the most benefit out of the system (and to avoid paying parking fines!) make sure you understand the rules outlined in the leaflet ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in England’ which can be accessed online via www.dft.gov.uk or ordered in a variety of formats by phone on 0300 123102.
You will also find Directgov’s interactive Blue Badge map indispensable when travelling around. It’s available online and will help you find Blue Badge parking bays, local council parking rules, accessible public toilets, train stations, shopmobility centres, accessible beaches and much more near you and across the UK.
Although the scheme is nationwide, there are small variations depending on where you live. Visit the relevant website below for more information: