How to Use Your Blue Badge
How to display the blue badge:
- You must display the badge on top of the dashboard or facia panel of a vehicle with the front of the badge facing forward so that the expiry date is legible from outside of the vehicle when using the parking benefits. If the vehicle does not have a dashboard or facia panel you must exhibit the badge in a conspicuous position so that the relevant details are legible from outside the vehicle when using the parking benefits.
- The badge should only be displayed when using the parking benefits under the Scheme, except if 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 badge holder (see 'Penalties for misuse').
- Similar badges given to organisations caring for disabled people must not be used by non-disabled members for their own benefit. These badges must not be on display except when the vehicle is being used for the benefit of disabled people.
- Badges last for three years only. When you need a new one apply to the issuing authority (the Council's Area Management Department for residents of Redcar & Cleveland) for reassessment at least four weeks before the badge expires. More details
- You must return the badge to the issuing authority if you no longer need it.
How to use the special parking clock
In England and Wales you will need a parking clock (which will be sent to you when you are issued with a blue badge) when you park on yellow lines or in a reserved parking place for badge holders which has a time limit. The clock must be displayed every time you park and set to show the time of arrival.
Disabled people living in Scotland who intend to visit England or Wales should be able to get this disc from their local Council.
Misuse of a badge
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence.
- Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it.
- 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.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Neighbourhoods and Customer Services
Licensing & Parking
Redcar & Cleveland House
Misuse of a designated Blue Badge bay
Non-disabled people who park in a bay designated for Blue Badge holders are liable to a parking fine.