Using your Blue Badge
Holders of a Blue Badge 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
Badge holders may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed
on other users but should always check local signs for
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.
the area of Central London.
The Blue Badge must be displayed, and in England and Wales the
special blue parking disc must be displayed showing the time of
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
- 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 kerb markings indicate: No loading at any time.
Loading prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Single Yellow kerb markings indicate specific timed
restrictions for example Mon-Fri 8.00-9.30am 4.30-6.30pm - check
local signage for restriction details
- No loading 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 land during its hours of operation
- In a cycle lane
- On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours
- On all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, pelican, Toucan
and Puffin crossings.
- On zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and
- 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
- In suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is
- 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
- Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a
- On a pavement unless signs permit it
Disabled drivers are able to park in any council car park
wholly within the parking bays free of charge - all day should you
wish, please ensure that your blue badge is clearly displayed with
the expiry date showing to the civil enforcement officer
On street parking
Disabled drivers may park in pay and display bays free of
charge, please ensure that your blue badge is clearly displayed
with the expiry date showing to the civil enforcement officer