Misuse of badges
The badge is for the badge holders use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if:
- you're travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger
- someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you're being collected or dropped
The blue badge cannot be used to park in a blue badge bay if you are not leaving the car when the car is parked.
It's a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions under the scheme.
Cancelling a blue badge
Your local council can cancel a blue badge which is no longer in the possession of the holder, for example where it's been reported by the badge holder as lost or stolen or the badge holder has died.
Report misuse of a blue badge
You should report suspected misuse of a blue badge directly to the local council responsible for issuing it.
Powers to inspect and remove badges
Police officers, traffic wardens and parking attendants have the power to inspect badges. These people should produce an identity card with a photo on it to prove who they say they are.
Parking attendants, traffic wardens and the police can remove a blue badge where it is apparent that the badge should have been returned to the local council or has been cancelled, misused or forged.
If your badge is valid and is removed in error, it will be returned no later than 14 days from confiscation.
You can download the Blue Badge holder rights and responsibilities document for further information.