Blue Badge (disabled) parking

Blue Badge parking on the red route

We set aside some parking bays exclusively for holders of a valid disabled persons' parking permit (Blue Badge).

Vehicles that are being used by Blue Badge holders and displaying a Blue Badge can also park in parking bays that are available to anyone.

Blue Badge holders can often stop or park where others cannot.

Why do we have Blue Badge parking bays?

We provide 'Blue Badge only' parking bays to make parking more accessible for users of the Blue Badge parking scheme.

Blue Badge parking bays are an essential part of the red route as they allow parking to be controlled and more accessible.

Their availability is limited and some are only available during specified periods when their use will not cause any major disruption to our busy road network.

We often limit the amount of time you can park at popular locations so that other drivers can also use the bays during the hours they are available.

What you can do

  • You can sometimes park where you see the 'Blue Badge Parking' sign - it depends on the day of the week and time of day. Please remember to display your Blue Badge and check the sign to see how long you can stay - usually a maximum of three hours is allowed
  • Park where you see the 'P' parking sign. However, you must leave the bay when it is no longer available for parking use. For example, if the sign shows that parking is permitted between 10:00 and 16:00, you cannot park before 10:00 and you must leave the bay by 16:00. Remember to display your Blue Badge. There is no restriction on the length of time you may park between the permitted hours shown on the sign when your Blue Badge is displayed
  • You can stop on double red or a single red line to pick up or set down a Blue Badge holder. Remember to display the Blue Badge, and that the vehicle must move off as soon as possible. Always check the signs and the time to see what is and is not permitted as this varies across the red route network

Always display your Blue Badge and time clock on the dashboard of your vehicle so that it can be clearly seen and ensure the dashboard is clear of other items.

What you cannot do

  • Park (wholly or partly) on a double red line at any time. (You can stop on double or single red lines to set down or pick up the Blue Badge holder, as long as you display the applicable badge correctly and move off promptly)
  • Park on a single red line during the restricted times which are indicated on the sign
  • Stop or park any time at a bus stop, within the road markings indicating the place where a bus may stop or on a zig-zag line
  • Park in a bay that is reserved for loading unless the bay also permits parking for Blue Badge holders for a period of time. Always check the signs
  • Park in a bay when the times shown on the sign indicate it is not available, for example before 10:00 or after 16:00
  • Park in a disabled bay without displaying your Blue Badge

These are not exhaustive lists. Contact us for more information or if you are unsure or see the Blue Badge holders' guide on the Blue Badges and driving page.

Understanding red route signs and lines

Parking bays

Please remember that not all bays permit parking - some may be reserved for other activities, for example, loading only or taxis only.

Examples of the different parking bays and red lines can be seen in the gallery below.

For other road signs please visit the Highway Code website.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)

Any vehicle parked on the red route when it is not permitted can cause an obstruction and lead to congestion. We want to deter all drivers from breaking the rules so that disabled and parking bays are used correctly and kept free of parked vehicles outside their hours of operation.

A PCN may be issued to you at the time of contravention by a Civil Enforcement Officer. However, we may also use CCTV cameras to enforce restrictions on the red route and if this is the case you will receive the PCN later by post.

Find out more about penalty charges.

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