Whilst CCT has a responsibility for the correct use of this pass, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE DRIVER. Misuse of the pass is a criminal offence and is liable to a fine of up to £1000. Local authorities will take action against anyone guilty of such misuse and may also withdraw the pass. Don’t risk it.
Display the Badge on top of the dashboard or facia panel with the front of the badge facing forward so that the expiry date is legible from outside of the vehicle
Where to Park
|You 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.|
|You may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users (check local signs for information).||The Blue Badge must be displayed.|
|You may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours except where there is a ban on loading or unloading, and at a few locations where local schemes apply.||The Blue Badge must be displayed and 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 the road on the same day.|
Where Not To Park
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) However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines 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 any pedestrian crossing
- on zigzag markings before or after any crossing
- 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 authority’s 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 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
- 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. at 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.
Other Concessions to Badge Holders
As with parking, these concessions only apply when you have disabled folk on board.
In many areas local authorities provide reserved parking places for badge holders. You should use these spaces in preference to parking on double yellow lines. There may be a time limit. Display the Blue Badge and if necessary, the parking disc.
Some local authorities also waive charges in their own off-street car parks. Check for notices.
Badge holders may be exempt from tolls at certain river crossings. Please ask at the toll booth.
If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users, the police could remove your vehicle. You could also be prosecuted and our badge withdrawn.
The vehicle must be moved if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform requests it.
Abstract From The Department For Transport Booklet “The Blue Badge Scheme”
“….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”
The Driver Co-ordinator keeps a copy of the full Department for Transport booklet.