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Disabled drivers common questions

I got a fixed penalty notice for parking, but I had a disabled badge, what can I do?

If you want to query the ticket you need to write to the address on the ticket stating your reasons why you think the ticket should be cancelled. If it concerns a disabled parking permit then you should include a photocopy of it.

You will then receive a reply from the central ticket office/local authority department, if the ticket has been cancelled you need take no further action, if it has not been cancelled then you will be given a period of time within which to pay the fine.

Are there any exemptions to wearing a seatbelt?

The exemptions to wearing a seatbelt are: -

* a person who has a medical certificate, which states that on medical grounds it is not advisable for them to wear a seatbelt (including for pregnancy).

* for drivers of vehicles performing manoeuvres which include reversing (three point turn) this includes a qualified driver supervising a learner driver performing manoeuvres including reversing.

* the users of vehicles which have been adapted for the use of delivery of goods or mail to consumers or addressees whilst engaged in making local rounds of deliveries (postman, milkman) as long as do not drive for more than 50 metres.

* a disabled person who is wearing a disabled person's belt.

* a person driving a vehicle for fire brigade or police purposes.

* a licensed taxi whilst on duty.

* a private hire driver whilst it is carrying passengers.

* a person driving under a trade licence whilst driving the vehicle investigating or fixing a mechanical fault.

* a person involved in a procession organised by or on behalf of the Crown.

* a person conducting a test of competence to drive if wearing a seatbelt would endanger himself or any other person.

Failure by any other person, who does not fit in within the exemptions will be liable for a fine.

Are there any exemptions to road tax?

There are exemptions to road tax for disabled drivers and for those cars, which were constructed before 1st January 1973. There are other exemptions that have not been listed here, as they are not particularly relevant. The DVLA website will have more information, see related website for link.

There is also an exemption for cars who are on their way to a pre-arranged appointment at an MOT testing station or on the way back from one (also includes an exemption for a MOT certificate in these circumstances).

When can I park on double yellow lines?

Unless you have a disabled parking permit (see related question for full details of disabled parking scheme) you are not permitted to park on double yellow lines at any time, the restrictions apply 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

You could face a fine of £30 if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away.

When can I park on single yellow lines?

Yellow lines are placed on the road because if vehicles were permitted to park there it would cause an obstruction of some sort so by ignoring the single yellow lines and parking there you are putting yourself and other motorists and vehicles at danger.

There are restrictions on each specific sign that will identify the times when you cannot park there, generally 0800hrs -1800hrs but check the sign prior to parking. If there are no signs then you cannot park there at all.

You could face a fine of £30 if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away.

What are the rules for parking with a blue disabled badge?

There are many rules regarding parking with blue badges and this is only to be used as a guide, not a definitive list.

You may park:

* Single/double yellow lines - providing you are not causing an obstruction you may usually park on single and double yellow lines for up to 3 hours in England and Wales

* In on-street parking spaces with limited times (i.e. 30 minutes, 1 hour) without any time limit.

* Free of charge at most on-street parking meters and pay and display and without time limit (however it is worth checking the meter and the pay and display machine for verification).

Apart from the above three exceptions, all other parking restrictions apply to blue badge holders, below is a list of some of the places where you cannot park with a blue badge.

You may not park

* During the time there is a ban on loading or unloading, the times will be shown on mounted plates on posts. A 'No loading zone' is identified by yellow marks on the kerb.

* In a bus or tram lanes during its hours of operation

* In a cycle lane

* On all types of pedestrian crossings, including zig zag line after the crossings

* Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road, even if one of them is broken

* In any permit holders or residents only zones

* On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation

* Where there are temporary parking restrictions in force, such as cones

* In the school keep clear markings during its hours of operations

When parking using a blue badge, it is important to park carefully and thoughtfully, giving thought to other road users. For example, when parking on single or double yellow lines, do not park your vehicle where it will cause an obstruction or hold up traffic.

Please note that the blue badge scheme is not in force in Central London, including; the City of London, the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and that part of the London Borough of Camden , bounded by and including Euston Road, Upper Woburn Place, Tavistock Square, Woburn Place, Russell Square, Southampton Road, Theobalds Road and Clerkenwell Road. They do offer some concessions for disabled driver and these usually consist of parking spaces reserved for blue badge holders.

For full details on the blue badge scheme related website

There is an allocated disabled parking space outside my house and people keep parking in it, what can I do?

If the vehicle that is parked in the parking space does not have a disabled parking badge displayed then you should contact your local police station with details of the car.

Parking in a disabled space is an offence and the owner will be liable for a fixed penalty ticket.
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