Where you cannot park with your blue badge
Information on parking restrictions for blue badge holders.
- 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 You could also be prosecuted, and have your badge withdrawn
- vehicles cannot legally be wheel-clamped on the public highway for parking offences if a valid blue badge is correctly displayed. But if you park improperly on privately-owned land you risk having your vehicle wheel-clamped
- you must move your vehicle if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform asks you to.
The blue badge scheme does not apply to
- private roads
- off-street car parks. However, some may provide spaces for disabled people. You should check the signs to see what concessions are available and whether blue badge holders have to pay. Always display blue badges when occupying one of these spaces
- certain town centres, where access is prohibited or limited to vehicles with special permits issued locally
- central London, but some facilities are provided
- road systems at some airports – for instance Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. You should therefore contact the airport concerned in advance to check the car-parking arrangements.
Waiting and loading restrictions
You must not park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force. This is normally shown by one or two yellow marks on the kerb, plus a sign displaying the times the ban is in force. However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow marks shown on the kerb. There will be signs at the kerb side of the road giving you details of restrictions on parking:
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road – even if one of the lines is broken
- in a bus lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on zebra, pelican or toucan crossings
- on zig-zag markings before and after zebra, pelican or toucan crossings
- in a residents’ parking bay, unless there are signs showing you can do so or you have checked that you can do so with us
- in suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is banned
- where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road – for example cones on school ‘keep clear’ markings.
Causing an obstruction or danger
You must not cause an obstruction or danger with your parking. 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 – for example close to a junction
- where it would make the road narrow – for example by a traffic island or where roadwork is in progress
- where it would hold up traffic
- where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out
- where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing on a pavement unless signs permit parking.