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Disabled Bays and Illegal Parking

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 14 Jan 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Illegal Parking Disabled Penalties Fines

Drivers pay millions of pounds each year in parking fees in the UK for a number of parking violations. Drivers who park in disabled bays without the proper authorisation are also liable for fines but more serious fines can be applied for those who use Blue Badge illegally.

Illegal Parking in the UK

Motorists across the UK do pay out millions every year in illegal Parking Fines and the parking industry itself is a multi million pound business. Parking spots in the UK are usually controlled by local authorities. Most drivers who park illegally will, if caught, be fined between £40 and £80. The fine can usually be decreased by 50% if paid within a two week period. Local authorities do have the power to increase fines as they see fit much to the dismay of motorists. Many authorities are taking a tougher view on motorists who do park illegally in disabled parking bays.

Illegal Parking in Disabled Bays

Most drivers will respect the rules of not parking in disabled bays without legitimate reasons. But there are many people who will simply disregard disabled parking signs and park illegally. Drivers who do park in disabled parking bays who are not Blue Badge holders will be liable to a Penalty Charge Notice, which means a fine. The Blue Badge scheme was set up to allow people with mobility problems to park as close as possible to their intended destination. Blue Badge drivers are permitted to park for free on on-street parking spaces but there are set time limits that must be adhered to.

Disabled Parking in Scotland

Scotland has recently introduced the £60 penalty fine for drivers who park illegally in disabled bays. Before this legislation was introduced in 2009 parking in disabled bays in Scotland was not against the law. Around 85% of the disabled parking spots in Scotland were advisory spaces. Advisory parking meant that anyone could park in disabled parking spots without running the risk of receiving a parking fine. The new penalties now include advisory spaces and disabled parking spaces set up outside disabled people’s homes.

Blue Badge Fraud and Illegal Parking

It may seem incredible but drivers do resort to fraud and risk large fines simply to park for free in disabled parking bays. Police forces in cities and towns across the UK have become aware of a massive amount of Blue Badge fraud. A police force in Harrow found that within a six hour time period 16 of 32 drivers checked were abusing the Blue Badge scheme. Fraudulent use of the disabled Blue Badge is a criminal offence. If any driver is caught committing this type of fraud they can be prosecuted and fined up to £1000.

Penalty Charge Notices and Illegal Parking

Apart from disabled parking spots there are number of different parking spots that can lead to penalties, these will include:

  • Double yellow lines mean there is no parking at any time
  • Single yellow lines means no parking within the hours specified on parking signs
  • Disc zones where parking discs must be displayed
  • Pay and display car parks where parking fees must be paid
  • Loading bays with indicated parking hours
  • Schools with keep clear markings
  • Bus lanes and clearways with indicated hours
  • Parking schemes for residents only; drivers must have legitimate residents parking permits
It is possible to Appeal Against Parking Fines under certain circumstances. A great number of people never bother to appeal against a parking ticket but the fact is that those who do are more often successful than not. Around eight million parking tickets in the UK are issued each year. Of these eight million only a few thousand drivers appeal and 65% of these appeals end up in the driver’s favour. Drivers do have rights and should assert these rights if they think they have been unfairly fined.

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I am a local delivery guy and when delivering in a busy road I pulled over into the only spot I saw and jumped out of the car and ran do the address leaving my car running! Within min I was bak at my car to find someone had taken my keys out my car and into their house due it being a disabled parking space I pulled into! I contacted the police and they said I wasn’t braking any law because the car was running and I wasn’t parked due to delivery! The person is nowbeing prosocuted for thief for taking my keys! The police said it’s a matter for local council regarding the disabled parking! Can I be finded for stopping in this bay?!?
SeanMcG - 14-Jan-18 @ 1:00 AM
Mike - Your Question:
My local shop is a small co-op. It has 6 or 8 disabled bays immediately outside the entrance doors. Depending on the time of day there may be spaces vacant when I do my shopping. Sometimes though these spaces have all been taken by non badge holders, in some cases including builders pick-upland small lorries. I have complained about this as the main parking is at the back of the shop but the response is "we can't do anything about it - it's up to the police". Is this true or could the police or local authority bring an action against the shop for not enforcing the law on their premises?

Our Response:
If it's a car park belonging to the co-op,it is not a matter for the police. The car park owner can take action against these drivers by issuing private parking tickets, employer parking attendants etc. If they choose not to do this, make a complaint to the coop head office.
NoPenaltyPoints - 12-Jan-18 @ 12:45 PM
My local shop is a small co-op. It has 6 or 8 disabled bays immediately outside the entrance doors. Depending on the time of day there may be spaces vacant when I do my shopping. Sometimes though these spaces have all been taken by non badge holders, in some cases including builders pick-upland small lorries. I have complained about this as the main parking is at the back of the shop but the response is "we can't do anything about it - it's up to the police". Is this true or could the police or local authority bring an action against the shop for not enforcing the law on their premises?
Mike - 10-Jan-18 @ 3:45 PM
Hi, Today I was waiting in our car in tesco car park.I am disabled and had my Blue badge out in the disabled parking spots. I couldn't believe as we arrived two young men were just loitering in one space for reasons unknow. Then someone I know pulled up and forgot to put thier badge out, silly sods, then moments later a company van speeds into the space to my left. A fully able ignorant guy got out and just stormed to the shop. I was so annoyed I took his number plate and called the number on the van. A lady answered and didn't seem very impressed that I didn't want a quote, but took the vans info and said thanks. Man alive! There were normal empty spaces all around and no mistake could have been made, as a giant blue sign was next to me. What is wrong with people? Jealous of our allowances? Trust me, I don't enjoy being in pain everyday and suffering.
TheSpoons313 - 10-Jan-18 @ 1:48 PM
Hi Guys Was turning into a road when a guy came around like a lunatic on roundabout and was honking horn like crazy. Guy then tailgated me into the car park behind shops (i had wife and children on baord whom were very upset). I pulled into a disabled bay and the guy made a point of driving around the bay a few times before stopping to abuse us and then saying he was going to "insert swear words here" give my details to the council to get us fined. I literally drove off after, would the council have any grounds to fine me based on hearsay of this lunatic? L
LukeyBoy - 18-Dec-17 @ 11:50 AM
My wife recently parked in a disabled space outside Curry’s at night. The car park was totally empty, she was on her own and had to load up her car with purchases. Is it reasonable to get parking notice ?
Martt - 13-Dec-17 @ 6:08 PM
parked in disabled bay,mistake on my part ,however the fine was 100pounds with no discount for payin g early is this correct.
Toby - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:33 PM
Nic - Your Question:
HiI live by a school.I have a disabled bay outside my house as I am disabled and I also have a child who is too.One of the parents from the school,who Has a blue badge. don’t know who it’s for. But she is always on her own keeps parking in it so I have to park streets away and struggle to my house.I had this bay to help me and my son but what’s the point if anyone with a badge can use it. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Our Response:
Can you speak to the council about this? If they agreed to put it in place because of your disability, they might beable to put a "private" notice on or something.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:25 PM
Hi I live by a school. I have a disabled bay outside my house as I am disabled and I also have a child who is too. One of the parents from the school,who Has a blue badge... don’t know who it’s for. But she is always on her own keeps parking in it so I have to park streets away and struggle to my house..I had this bay to help me and my son but what’s the point if anyone with a badge can use it. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Nic - 7-Dec-17 @ 7:35 PM
Hi, I got a ticket for parking outside my house in a space marked on the road as reserved for the disabled. There are no other restrictions on the street, the space was originally marked out some twenty years ago. The local disabled person moved away and the markings were blacked out by tar and everybody could use the space, no tickets. The tar has now worn away displaying the disabled parking marks again and police issued a ticket. Do I have grounds for an appeal?
Andy - 24-Nov-17 @ 4:42 PM
Net - Your Question:
We had a disabled parking bay put outside our house as we had my mother living with us and was severely disabled. Sadly we lost my mother last year.Am I still able to park in the bay although my mother is no longer with us?

Our Response:
If it's a parking space that wouldn't otherwise be there (i.e it was put there purely for a disabled person), then no, you should not continue to use it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Oct-17 @ 11:04 AM
We had a disabled parking bay put outside our house as we had my mother living with us and was severely disabled. Sadly we lost my mother last year. Am I still able to park in the bay although my mother is no longer with us?
Net - 28-Oct-17 @ 12:28 PM
I believe there should be legislation that forces all public parking, with regards to disabled bays, whether private or council, to be enforceable. There is too much ambiguity, when trying to stop the selfish people, who do not care. We have had to move our parking bay, because of selfish neighbours. I have also been threatened with violence on numerous occasions. If you want to have your say the Disability Minister is Penny Mordaunt
Crazy - 27-Oct-17 @ 5:11 PM
Concerned Mum - Your Question:
I drop of my kids to summer club every day, which runs at a local private school. There is always plenty of parking available on site literally by the doors, but some persistently park in the disabled parking bays. Today I spotted a woman parking sideways to take up both disabled spaces while she had no badge or anyone disabled on board. There were free legal spaces all around her. Should I inform someone about this dangerous parking? Is it still enforceable as it's on private school grounds?

Our Response:
The school or the summer club organisers will certainly take action to prevent this recurring. It's just lazy and selfish parking - so it would be useful even if someone in authority pointed it out.
NoPenaltyPoints - 23-Aug-17 @ 1:59 PM
I drop of my kids to summer club every day, which runs at a local private school. There is always plenty of parking available on site literally by the doors, but some persistently park in the disabled parking bays. Today I spotted a woman parking sideways to take up both disabled spaces while she had no badge or anyone disabled on board. There were free legal spaces all around her. Should I inform someone about this dangerous parking? Is it still enforceable as it's on private school grounds?
Concerned Mum - 22-Aug-17 @ 9:15 AM
Ezme - Your Question:
Is it illegal to park in a disabled bay without a blue badge in a aside street?Should it have a sign displayed?If so who can you report it to?

Our Response:
Disabled bays are only for blue badge holders.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Aug-17 @ 1:32 PM
Is it illegal to park in a disabled bay without a blue badge in a aside street? Should it have a sign displayed? If so who can you report it to?
Ezme - 17-Aug-17 @ 10:24 PM
Yes he should be fined we have a disabled bay outside our house as my wife has been diagnosed with fibromialgia tachicardia and she has varicouaviens our new neighbours have parked in it we asked them to move there reply we will only be 20 minutes despite there being spaces either side and yesterday we came back and a friendof hers was dropping something off to her again spaces either side of the bay I confronted the driver who said he would only be 30 seconds I tooted the horn again he wavedat me and smiled then his partner got in the car and they drove off perfectly able bodied young people having no respect for disabled people they will be old one day
David - 18-Jun-17 @ 8:30 AM
Bert - Your Question:
Hello , my neighbour put up a disabled sign no parking which she bought out of b&q so she can get a space next to her house. She has got a blue badge which she shouldn't really have as she can walk no problem , works 12 hr shifts as a carer has stairs in her house she is milking the system !, she has now applied to the council to paint disabled parking lines. Can you please advise us on our rights can we still park there we have been told there is nothing she can do to stop it. Is this correct.

Our Response:
If the sign has been purchased and placed there by the resident, it's not enforeceable. If she applies to the council to have a disabled bay road marking this may be enforeceable depending on whether it is ‘advisory’ or ‘mandatory’. Advisory markings mean the police/council cannot take action if anyone disable/or non-disabled parks there. If the marking is mandatory it is enforceable by law and the police/council can take action against anyone parking there without displaying a blue badge.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-May-17 @ 12:25 PM
Hello , my neighbour put up a disabled sign no parking which she bought out of b&q so she can get a space next to her house . She has got a blue badge which she shouldn't really have as she can walk no problem , works 12 hr shifts as a carer has stairs in her house she is milking the system !, she has now applied to the council to paint disabled parking lines . Can you please advise us on our rights can we still park there we have been told there is nothing she can do to stop it . Is this correct .
Bert - 2-May-17 @ 8:02 PM
Sarah 2nd march) ... the correct use of a blue badge is that the person to whom it refers must be getting in or getting out of the vehicle whilst it is in that parking space. If you are on business on behalf of the disabled person that does not count. If you drive with a disabled person to the chemist for example and the carer gets out leaving the disabled person in the car that does not count. If you drop the disabled person off at the door and then park in the space and collect them at the door afterwards then that also does not count. These and many other examples basically give you the idea that anything other than my first sentence is an offence. Secondly as far as the driver of the vehicle versus the fine coming to you then you can ask who was the person driving that day and give their name and address to the police which will then mean it is their ticket! You must do this within the time scales given for the lower fine however generally they are quite lenient a few days either side. They will then send a ticket to the person who was driving. Sarah I hope this clears that's up. Now moving on to scooby... there are absolutely no rules and left the car park is owned by the local authority. If you get a ticket from a private contractor then it is a civil matter and not a legal one therefore you have to decide whether you ignore the letter pay it or fight it in court but it is simply an invoice for breaking the rules of the contract that you entered into when entering the car park. Therefore unless the car parks you're talking about are managed in such a way then it is a free for all and there is no point getting upset about it as there will be absolutely nothing you can do other than lobby the supermarkets themselves. Sorry about that. Finally Shazz 16th February... if the disabled spaces are on the road then you can try sending the photograph but is unlikely anyone will be able to do anything but if they are belonging to the surgery then the surgery could ask the people to move or they could pay a private company to manage the car park and give out tickets but the rules apply as in my comments to scooby. Sadly the video evidence can only be used if from an accredited source and again there must be on council property I a council run car park or on the road. Really hope this helps many thanks Paul
Paul - 31-Mar-17 @ 2:01 AM
Hello, I have a story about a stupid parking fine.I had been into town with my Sister and she got some toffees to eat on the way home in the car. Anyway, as she was chewing (and talking), she swallowed it "the wrong way" and ended up coughing like crazy, to the point where she was about to "pebble dash" the glove box.So....to avoid this (and hours of cleaning), I pulled into a local Supermarket so she could get out and continue coughing OUT of the car. Good job, cos she brought all her lunch back in the flower bed.Anyway, to cut a long story short, the camera clocked us and they sent a fine.£100 bloody quid.It would have been cheaper to let little sis cough her guts up in the car and have it cleaned.Anyway, I binned the fine, got three more letters, and binned them too.We watch this space.Needless to say, Little Sis is right off toffee !!
Bekki - 17-Mar-17 @ 2:59 PM
Hi there, I have just recieved a fine for my son's carer parking in a disabled space without displaying a blue badge. It is a motability vehicle I signed for my adult son as i am his appointee. He lives in a supported living house and the car is driven by carers. The council say I am the registered owner and have to pay the fine. I guess i'm screwed?
Sarah - 2-Mar-17 @ 4:07 PM
Scooby; many people have invisible disabilities and mobility issues that don't confine them to a wheelchair. I am a young, seemingly "agile" individual who has had multiple bouts of verbal abuse and threats of violence, angry notes and my car being defaced, as well as people reporting me for fraud for parking in a blue badge space, despite having it 100% legally. If it was a 2 tier system, where non-wheelchair using disabled individuals had to park further back, I wouldn't be able to do my own shopping, as my ankles, knees, fingers, shoulders, hips, etc. dislocate over long distances, and I faint on standing or after standing for more than 10minutes.
Emmex - 26-Feb-17 @ 1:54 PM
RAI - Your Question:
I work for telecommunication company , I got to work in town centre and park my van in disable parking space because its confusing since it is sort of lay bay with almost three car space and only disable was written in the middle of space and no white marking so I thought that disable space is only in the centre and two spaces start and end were normal spaces.when I came back I got a ticket. please could you explain me what are the guidelines for disable parking marking. it seems confusing because there was not clearly marked for disable to entire parking space which confused me.

Our Response:
Disabled spaces are usually marked with a sign on a post at the kerb side and white marked spaces in front. Sometimes the word "disabled" will be painted on the road as well.
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Feb-17 @ 2:14 PM
I work for telecommunication company , i got to work in town centre and park my van in disable parking space because its confusing since it is sort of lay bay with almost three car space and only disable was written in the middle of space and no white markingso i thought that disable space is only in the centre and two spaces start and end were normal spaces.when i came back i got a ticket . please could you explain me what are the guidelines for disable parking marking . it seems confusing because there was not clearly marked for disable to entireparking space which confused me.
RAI - 22-Feb-17 @ 10:30 PM
72alisonblue - Your Question:
I am a community nurse & today parked in a blue badge space whilst I rushed into the chemist to get emergency meds for a pt (the free parking spaces have a portacabin on them, the 2 spaces outside the pharmacy were occupied & there was a queue for the car park.On leaving the pharmacy I found a traffic warden taking photo's of my car - I explained that I was involved in an urgent call I had to rush to get medication for a poorly patient that I had then had to pay for out of my own pocket & did not feel a ticket was warranted. He replied ' well you'll be paying for your parking fine out of your own pocket too!' I was in my uniform so he could see I was a nurse.I couldn't argue because I needed to get to my patient but was literally in the space less than 5 mins - time on ticket 11.01am & time on my pharmacy receipt 11.02am. I get the impression he must have been waiting out of sight to pounce. Is there no leeway with time spent in space - I would never normally park in a blue badge space but felt other than blocking the road, this was my only option?

Our Response:
No, there's not usually any allowance for this kind of episode, but it's worth writing to the parking authority and explaining your circumstances in the hope they will be considered as mitigation.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Feb-17 @ 2:39 PM
I saw a shopping delivery can pull into a disabled bay on a residential street as there was no other parking. as the driver got out a car pulled up and shouted at him not too park there which he explained would be 30 seconds or less. it was 8pm at night and was quiet. he was literally only about 30 to 40 seconds but she took pictures and put in a complaint to his company pushing to be fined. I feel sorry for him should he be fined for a 30 second shopping delivery?
john - 18-Feb-17 @ 11:06 PM
I am a community nurse & today parked in a blue badge space whilst I rushed into the chemist to get emergency meds for a pt (the free parking spaces have a portacabin on them, the 2 spaces outside the pharmacy were occupied & there was a queue for the car park. On leaving the pharmacy I found a traffic warden taking photo's of my car - I explained that I was involved in an urgent call I had to rush to get medication for a poorly patient that I had then had to pay for out of my own pocket & did not feel a ticket was warranted. He replied ' well you'll be paying for your parking fine out of your own pocket too!' I was in my uniform so he could see I was a nurse. I couldn't argue because I needed to get to my patient but was literally in the space less than 5 mins - time on ticket 11.01am & time on my pharmacy receipt 11.02am. I get the impression he must have been waiting out of sight to pounce. Is there no leeway with time spent in space - I would never normally park in a blue badge space but felt other than blocking the road, this was my only option?
72alisonblue - 18-Feb-17 @ 5:48 PM
Are we able to report drivers for parking in a disabled bay without a blue badge?? If so how. I have a photo of the offending vehicle. I often go to my gp surgery and there are two disabled bays outside. Most of the time there are cars with no badges in them. It really frustrates me.
Shazz - 16-Feb-17 @ 5:05 PM
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