Blue Badge misuse and enforcement
A Blue Badge is for the use and benefit only of the person to whom the badge has been issued. Misuse is a criminal offence which could lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge.
- A Blue Badge should only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or for a driver to park at the place where the badge holder is being picked up or dropped off.
- The badge holder should not simply sit and wait in the car while a friend or relative goes shopping. The badge holder is not benefitting from this and it could prevent another badge holder from parking within a manageable distance of their destination.
A badge holder who is using the concessions of the Blue Badge Scheme as a passenger should ensure the driver is aware of all the rules. GOV.UK - The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England.
Police officers, council officers and civil enforcement officers have the power to inspect a Blue Badge and confiscate it if they believe it is being misused. The council will seek to prosecute all cases of misuse.