Parking with a Blue Badge
Disabled badge holders are entitled to three hours free parking in Herefordshire Council managed pay and display car parks if a valid badge and clock are displayed correctly. If you need more than three hours, you can buy a ticket to give extra time, but you mustn't exceed the car park's maximum stay.
Many council car parks have dedicated disabled spaces which allow extra room, but disabled badge holders can park in any space designated for cars.
For information about other places where you can use your Blue Badge to park, visit the Citizens Advice Guide using your Blue Badge page and also view The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England guidance.
Your responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder
You must 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. Doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. Making sure that the scheme is not abused will benefit genuine badge holders, such as yourself.
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.
You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to have the benefit of the parking concessions.
You must never use a copied badge to park or try to change the details on a badge.
The badge remains the property of the issuing local council. They can ask for the badge to be returned if it is being misused.
Who can use the badge?
The badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed 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.
Don't allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you.
- You must 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
- It's a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme
The Department for Transport leaflet The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England will be issued with your Blue Badge. If you are using the parking concessions as a passenger, then it is your responsibility to make sure that the driver is aware of the rules set out in the leaflet.