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The Blue Badge scheme

Concessions exist for Blue Badge holders, primarily where road markings prohibit or restrict parking for other road users, but not all parking is free of charge.

Parking on-street

Blue Badge holders can park, providing they do not cause an obstruction and correctly display their blue badge in:

- Designated Blue Badge or disabled bays
- On single yellow lines* (up to 3 hours during the hours of restriction)
- On double yellow lines* (for up to 3 hours in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and unlimited in Scotland)

*When parking on any time restrictions such as yellow lines, the clock must be correctly displayed.  Blue Badge holders are not allowed to park in loading bays and may not be able to park in other places reserved for permit holders, like residents bays for example. Some London Boroughs (City of London, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden and Westminster) have their own schemes, which are interchangeable and interoperable in part. Normal Blue Badge concessions do not apply in these cases. Always check with the local authority.  For futher advice go to Where can I park? 

Parking on private land

There are no statutory concessions for Blue Badge holders on private land, or in local authority car parks, but most car park operators will provide spaces for them. They may be charged for so always check local rules and signs.

Further information

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  • The Equality Act 2010 - legally protects people from discrimination; it can apply to parking in many situations.