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Parking for disabled people

Using Your Blue Badge

Always check local signs for possible payment and times you can park.

As a Blue Badge holder it is your responsibility to:

  • Use the Blue Badge properly. The badge and its concessions are for your use only. It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine.
  • If you are using the parking concessions as a passenger, it is your responsibility to make sure that the driver is aware of all the rules set out in this leaflet
  • Only display the badge if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped
  • Not allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you, unless you are travelling with them.
  • Never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to park for free, even if they are visiting you
  • You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car
  • Give consideration to others when using a car park whenever possible.

Displaying your badge when using the parking concessions

You should only display the badge when you are using the parking benefits under the Blue Badge scheme.

  • You must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel or failing that, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen.
  • The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol.
  • The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen.
  • You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. Do not place your time clock or anything else over any of the information on the badge.

Use of your time clock on double yellow lines

  • Please make sure that you use your time clock should you ever need to park on a double yellow line as the time limit in that instance is three hours.
  • Try not to use double yellow lines if it looks like you will impede traffic flow

Where your badge is valid outside Hampshire

Your Blue Badge can be used in all parts of the United Kingdom except some parts of central London.

You can also use your Badge throughout the European Union and in some countries outside Europe. Check the information on the Department for Transport website for the concessions available in each country.

Visiting Hampshire

You can use a badge from anywhere in the United Kingdom or European Union in Hampshire.

If you are from outside the European Union and wish to use your badge in Hampshire you must contact the Blue Badge Unit by emailing or phoning 0300 555 1376 to request a letter of permission.


Blue badge displayed in a car

Misuse of a Blue Badge