The Blue Badge Scheme - Common Questions - Part Three
Can a traffic warden ask to see my badge?
Yes. New powers have been granted to enforcement officers to inspect Blue Badges. The enforcement officers who have been given this new power are police officers, traffic wardens, local authority parking attendants and civil enforcement officers. These people should produce an identity card with their photograph on it to prove they are who they say they are.
Can I refuse to let an enforcement officer see my badge?
No. If an enforcement officer asks to see your badge, you must show it to them. If you do not, you will be breaking the law and could be fined up to £1,000.
Can an enforcement officer take away my badge?
No. Only the Police can seize Blue Badges.
Can my vehicle be wheelclamped?
You cannot legally be wheelclamped on the public highway (on-street) for parking offences, provided you correctly display a valid Blue Badge.
However you must remember that parking in forbidden areas or where it would endanger or obstruct other road users is an offence, which could mean you get a parking fine. You could also be prosecuted, have your care towed away and your badge withdrawn.
What about parking in central London?
The Blue Badge Scheme does not apply in the City of London, the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and part of the London Borough of Camden.
However, those boroughs do offer a limited range of concessions including parking bays open to national blue badge holders. If you are planning to visit central London and intend to use your badge, you may wish to check first with the authorities concerned. Further advice and contact details for the boroughs are contained on pages 18, 26 and 27 of the booklet 'The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England'.
What about off-street car parking?
The parking concessions provided under the Blue Badge Scheme only apply to on-street parking. They do not apply in off-street car parks, such as supermarket or local authority car parks, or on the road systems at some airports. The conditions of use of off-street facilities are entirely down to the individual car park owner or operator to determine and these should be clearly displayed at the entrance. You should note that badge holders are not automatically exempt from charges in these car parks. If in doubt, ask an attendant.
Am I exempt from charges at toll crossings?
Badge holders are exempt from a number of toll crossings across the United Kingdom. Details are contained on pages 40-47 of the booklet 'The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England'
Can I use my badge abroad?
The blue badge design is now standard across the European Union and you are entitled to the local concessions which apply in each Member State. Please note that these do vary from country to country. Details are contained on pages 29-39 of our booklet 'The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England'
The arrangements that apply in countries outside of the European Union, such as the USA and Australia, are set out in our fact sheet 'Travelling to countries outside the European Union'.
My badge or time clock has been lost/stolen, who should I contact?
You should contact the local council who issued the badge or time clock. If your badge has been stolen, you should also contact the police. They will give you a crime number which should be quoted when contacting the local council who can issue you with a replacement.
My badge is due to expire, what should I do?
Contact you local council who will arrange for an application form to be sent to you.
I have changed my address; do I need to notify anybody?
Yes. If you are moving within the same council area you need to let the issuing office know your new address for administrative purposes.
If you are moving to another council area you still need to let the issuing authority know your new address and contact your new council around 6 weeks before your badge is due to expire and they will send you the appropriate forms.
The badge is no longer needed, who should I return it to?
If for any reason the badge is no longer required, it must be returned to the issuing authority (this will be stated on the front of the badge).
Who can I contact if I have a query about the Scheme?
You can contact the Blue Badge Helpline on either 0207 944 2914 or 0845 130 6195. Or by email at email@example.com.