Where to park with the Blue Badge Scheme
Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and "pay-and-display" on-street parking unless a local traffic order, specifying a time limit for holders of disabled parking Badges, such as a ban on loading, is in force.
The Blue Badge must be displayed.
Badge holders may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users. (Check local signs for information) .
The Blue Badge must be displayed.
Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland except where there is a ban on loading or unloading, and at a few locations where local schemes apply - e.g. areas of Central London.
The Blue Badge must be displayed, and in England and Wales the special blue parking disc must also be displayed showing the time of arrival.
There must be an interval of at least one hour from a previous period of waiting before the same vehicle can be parked in the same road or part of a road on the same day.
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere.
You must NOT park:
During the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).
Double yellow lines on the kerb indicates loading prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for at least 4 consecutive months.
A single yellow line on the kerb indicates loading prohibited for any lesser period. The arrow indicates the direction in which the prohibition starts.
However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road.
Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken
- In a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- In a cycle lane
- On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- On all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- On zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- In parking places reserved for specific users e.g. permit holders only, loading bays, taxis, cycles
- On a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authoritys Highway Department that you may do so
- In suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited
- Where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road e.g. as indicated by no-waiting cones
- On school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate.
You must also NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others.
The following are likely examples:
- At school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly e.g. close to a junction
- Where it would make the road narrow e.g. by a traffic island or where roadwork is in progress
- Where it would hold up traffic e.g. in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out e.g. hospital entrances
- Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
- On a pavement unless signs permit it.
REMEMBER - Wheelclamping and removal of vehicles
- If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users your vehicle could be removed by the police. You could also be prosecuted and your badge withdrawn.
- Vehicles cannot legally be wheelclamped on the public highway for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle. But you should be aware that if you park improperly on privately owned land you may risk having your vehicle wheelclamped.
- The vehicle must be moved if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform requests it.