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Parking with a Blue Badge

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.



Where you can park in Newham

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


Where you can't park in Newham

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 and RPZs

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.​



Council car parks in Newham

You can park for free in most Newham Council car parks when you display a Blue Badge and park in a disabled parking bay.

Please note: You will have to pay for parking even when using a disabled parking bay at Stratford Multi-Storey​ car park.​​



Useful links

The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England​​
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