The purpose of the Blue Badge scheme is to help people with severe mobility problems, or those with less than 12 months to live, to park close to their destination.
A Blue Badge is given to a person, not a vehicle. This means the badge holder can use it whenever they travel as either a driver or a passenger – it doesn’t matter who owns the vehicle. Only the person that the badge has been issued to can use it.
Misuse of a badge is a serious offence and can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Examples of misuse are:
- using a badge when the badge holder is not travelling in the car
- using a badge that belongs to a person that has died
- using an out of date/expired badge.
What we will do if a badge is misused
Blue Badge misuse is a crime. Details of suspected misuse will be shared with other agencies to further the investigative process and may be used as part of the evidence for prosecution.
Please note that we are unable to take your report further if you do not provide us with a badge number or, at least, the address of the badge holder. We are unable to do enquiries on a vehicle registration number.