Parking For Blue Badge Holders
The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme does not apply to off-street car parking.
This page tells more about how to use your blue badge and where you may and may not park.
For more information on getting a blue badge, please visit our page on Blue Badge Applications and Appeals
Where you may park
You may park using your Blue Badge in the following locations:
Designated Disabled Parking Bays
- Nearside Parking Bays (passenger side nearest the kerb)
Nearside parking bays allow passengers with a disability to get out of a vehicle onto the pavement.
- Offside Parking Bays (driver's side nearest the kerb)
Offside bays cater for drivers with a disability, who can travel independently, and get in and out of a vehicle on the driver's side.
Pay and Display Parking BaysPay and Display on-street parking bays are available with nearside/offside parking. If you display your Blue Badge you do not have to pay to park.
Parking on Yellow Lines
Nearside/offside parking for Blue Badge holders is allowed on yellow lines as long as:
- you do not cause an obstruction,
- there are no loading restrictions, and
- you do not park for longer than 3 hours.
Where you must not park
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must NOT park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).
However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road. You must NOT park in the following places:
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken,
- in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- on zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- in parking places reserved for specific users, eg loading bays, taxis, cycles
- where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road eg as indicated by no-waiting cones
- on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority Highways Department that you may do so
- in suspended Pay and Display meter bays or when use of the meter or bay is prohibited
- on school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no - stopping plate
You must NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:
- at school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, eg close to a junction
- where it would make the road narrow, eg by a traffic island or where road work is in progress
- where it would hold up traffic, eg in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, eg hospital entrances
- where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
- on a pavement unless signs permit it
If you would like more information about parking for Blue Badge holders in the Birmingham area please call 0121 303 6644.