Misuse of badges
Blue Badges should only be used by the registered badge holder or for their benefit. Your Blue Badge can only be used 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
A Blue Badge cannot be used to park in a restricted area if the badge holder is not leaving the car.
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 a Blue Badge as lost or stolen
If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen you should report this to this police and let your council know what has happened.
Report misuse of a Blue Badge
If you think someone is misusing a Blue Badge you should report it 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's clear 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 by mistake, 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.