Blue badges (disabled badges)
The blue badge scheme gives a range of parking concessions for drivers and passengers with disabilities or mobility problems, who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme operates throughout the UK, although the parking concession can vary between different London boroughs. The following information outlines the rules for blue badge holders in Ealing.
On street parking
Blue badge holders can park free of charge for an unlimited time in the following bays:
- Disabled bays
- Pay and display bays
- Free bays (stop and shop bays)
- Resident bays
Note: maximum stay restrictions do not apply for blue badge holders when parking in these bays
Off street parking
Blue badge holders can park free of charge for an unlimited period of time in any council managed car park. This only applies during the car park controlled hours. Blue badge holders can park in any bay except for those specifically reserved for other use (as indicated by signs and bay markings).
Some car parks have dedicated disabled bays with a three hour maximum time limit for blue badge holders. When parking in one of these bays your time clock must accompany your blue badge. You are also not permitted to return to the same bay for two hours once your three hour maximum period has expired.
Parking on yellow lines
Blue badge holders can park on single or double yellow lines where loading restrictions do not apply, providing they do not cause an obstruction. They can park for a maximum of three hours as long as a time clock is displayed alongside the blue badge to indicate the time of arrival.
Where not to park
- Suspended bays
- Specifically reserved bays, such as for the police, fire brigade, ambulance, doctors, veterinary, buses, coaches, taxis, motorbikes and car clubs.
- On the pavement unless there is a sign or road markings at the location to state otherwise
- White zig-zags markings at pedestrian crossings
- Yellow zig-zag lines outside schools (unless outside of the controlled hours)
- Loading bays (unless the activity of loading/unloading is being carried out)
- Where there are loading restrictions (indicated by kerb blips)
Foreign blue badges
Blue badges that have the European logo displayed can be used in the UK. These badges have the same rights as UK issued badges.
Further information on using blue badges can be found on the Citizens Advice website