You can use the badge when you are driving or are a passenger in a car. Other people, such as your friends or relatives, can't use the badge unless you are travelling with them.
If you clearly display a valid blue badge in your vehicle, you can park for free, for as long as you need. In a:
- permit holder bay (resident, business, visitor permits)
- paid for parking (formerly pay and display parking)
- shared use parking bay (permit holders and paid for parking)
- free short stay parking bay
- disabled person's parking bay that is not in a residential parking zone (RPZ) and does not have a maximum stay time
As long as you display the clock showing the time you arrived and a valid Blue Badge in your vehicle, you can also park:
- on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours when there are no loading restrictions
- in a disabled persons' parking bay that is not in a RPZ but does have a maximum stay time
You cannot park with a Blue Badge at any time:
- in a disabled persons' parking bay in a RPZ during controlled hours unless you have a disabled residents parking permit for the RPZ
- on a single or double yellow lines when there are loading restrictions
- in a suspended parking bay
- in a doctor parking bay
- in a Car Club parking bay
- in a bus parking bay
- in a loading bay
- in an electric vehicle bay
- in a motorcycle bay
- in a police vehicle bay
- when there are school 'keep clear' restrictions in place
- on a bus stop or taxi rank clearways where a yellow 'no stopping' sign is displayed
- on a red route unless signs allow you to park
Disabled persons' parking bays outside of RPZs
Any Blue Badge holder can park in a disabled persons' parking bay outside of a RPZ as along as they clearly display their Blue Badge
Disabled persons' parking bays within a RPZ
In a RPZ most disabled persons' parking bays can only be used by Blue Badge holders who also have and display a disabled resident parking permit for that RPZ.
If you do not have a disabled resident parking permit for a RPZ where you wish to park, you can park in a standard resident permit holder bay using your Blue Badge.
You can park for free in most Newham Council car parks when you display a Blue Badge and park in a disabled parking bay.
The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England
Please note: You will have to pay for parking even when using a disabled parking bay at Stratford Multi-Storey car park.