Using your Blue Badge
A Blue Badge is registered to a person, not a car.
It lasts for 3 years unless you:
- applied for a badge based on your social security benefits and they last less than 3 years
- have a temporary but substantial disability lasting between 12 months and 3 years
Where you can park
If you’re the registered badge holder and travelling as either a driver or passenger, you can use your Blue Badge to park in certain restricted areas.
You can use your Blue Badge to access on-street parking throughout the UK.
You can also use your Blue Badge to apply for a disabled person’s parking space.
You can park free:
- at on-street parking meters
- in pay and display bays
- on single and double yellow lines if there are no loading restrictions
How to display the badge
You must display the badge so that someone can read it from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the name of your local council.
Using a parking clock
In Scotland you do not need to use the parking clock provided with the Blue Badge, but local restrictions might apply.
You must use a parking clock when there’s a limit on how long you can park. Check signs to make sure.
Travelling to and from Scotland
You can use your Blue Badge in other countries. Check the FIA Guide for using parking permits, cards and placards around the world.
If you’re travelling to Scotland from the EU, you can also use your disability parking card.
If you’re visiting Scotland from a non-EU country, you’ll need to check if you can use your Blue Badge with the local council of the area you’re staying in.