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Disabled Bays and Illegal Parking

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 14 Jun 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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Their is a disabled parking bay where I live (just moved ) and a few neighbours told me that I could park there if and when it's empty as the person who used to live there has now passed..so I parked in this space and also checked for sign post which there isn't any before doing so and not long after another neighbour came knocking telling me to move ..bare in mind this guy always parks in this spot and isn't a blue badge holder... I did move but who's in the wrong
Nate - 14-Jun-18 @ 11:58 PM
Mick - Your Question:
Parked in morrisons. In a disabled space. Displayed my blue badge and still got a ticket.My ticket was because I over stayed the time allowed.I did my shopping there then went for a coffee with my 83 year old dad.We are slow.Is this right?

Our Response:
If the parking policy is clearly time limited then yes, you can't really argue with it. It might be worth contacting the supermarket and explaining that all you did was shop there and use their cafe - this should appeal to their better nature since it's not as though you shopped elsewhere during the time.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Jun-18 @ 2:26 PM
There is an on road disabled bay at my local shops, it is constantly being used by workers from the factory across the road without displaying a blue badge, is there any steps I can take to prevent this
Affleck - 11-Jun-18 @ 1:51 PM
Parked in morrisons. In a disabled space. Displayed my blue badge and still got a ticket. My ticket was because I over stayed the time allowed.. I did my shopping there then went for a coffee with my 83 year old dad. We are slow... Is this right?
Mick - 8-Jun-18 @ 2:25 PM
I have a disabled bay outside my house and people keep parking their cars over the bay lines making it difficult for me to get out of my bay. Someone said that as long as their wheels are not in the bay then it's legal. Does anyone know if that's true. Thanks
Frostie - 23-May-18 @ 8:47 PM
Benny - Your Question:
Hi,A member of public took the photo of my car when I stopped at Disabled bay at Morrison to draw money from the ATM. My car was still on and my son was in the car. I was there only for 2minute. Am I in trouble??ThanksPhilip

Our Response:
This will depend on the policy of the supermarket, so we can't really advise, sorry.
NoPenaltyPoints - 18-May-18 @ 3:11 PM
Hi, A member of public took the photo of my car when I stopped at Disabled bay at Morrison to draw money from the ATM. My car was still on and my son was in the car. I was there only for 2minute. Am I in trouble?? Thanks Philip
Benny - 18-May-18 @ 12:39 AM
D - Your Question:
On private land in a park a new parking company has been put in. Carparks full of cars not even using the park but going to nearby uni that must have building work happening so they caint park near by any more and fill up the park instead! With just a sign on a stick saying disabled parking and the normal guff you have on a private company parking sign,it does say that blue badge holders need to display them when parked in Bay. But there are no Bay markings on the ground or any where. I was parked next to the sign maybe vehicle past sign by quarter at most probably less and at an angle away from being parked square onto sign, with lots of room for a disable drive to park next to me and in front of sign. I still got a ticket. Is this inforceble as there are No bay markings on the ground to show where the bay would start or stop or to how big it is to know if you are parked in it or along side it? There was plenty of room for parking next to sign left free where a disabled car could park, so a space was still valid but with out marked bays the angle you can park can make back of vehicle very close to sign but rest of your vehicle would have a large space away from sign depending on where you stand to look back towards the sign and your viewing angle. With out markings on the ground to show how big or where the bay would start is this enforceable?

Our Response:
Without seeing this we can't really comment. If there's a sign on a post it would make sense not to park a car width either side of it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-May-18 @ 3:22 PM
On private land in a park a new parking company has been put in. Carparks full of cars not even using the park but going to nearby uni that must have building work happening so they caint park near by any more and fill up the park instead! With just a sign on a stick saying disabled parking and the normal guff you have on a private company parking sign,it does say that blue badge holders need to display them when parked in Bay. But there are no Bay markings on the ground or any where. I was parked next to the sign maybe vehicle past sign by quarter at most probably less and at an angle away from being parked square onto sign, with lots of room for a disable drive to park next to me and in front of sign. I still got a ticket. Is this inforceble as there are No bay markings on the ground to show where the bay would start or stop or to how big it is to know if you are parked in it or along side it? There was plenty of room for parking next to sign left free where a disabled car could park, so a space was still valid but with out marked bays the angle you can park can make back of vehicle very close to sign but rest of your vehicle would have a large space away from sign depending on where you stand to look back towards the sign and your viewing angle. With out markings on the ground to show how big or where the bay would start is this enforceable?
D - 9-May-18 @ 8:03 AM
As per the response to Stever003. Does the same rules apply for disabled parking on school grounds?
Toodles - 22-Mar-18 @ 4:01 PM
Stever003 - Your Question:
Is it illegal to park in disabled space on private land , illiteratly stopped for 4 minutes as only space available, I didn't even get out the car , got a fine from private company should I pay it

Our Response:
This is private land. You are entering into a contract when you park there. As long as the signs were clearly in place to say the spaces were for blue badge holders only, you have breached the contract by parking there (if you don't hold a blue badge). The fine, however, should be reasonable (up to £100 is accepted by the parking appeals bodies as reasonable) - so it would be unreasonable to charge you say £500.
If you look at this from the business's point of view... the Equality Act says that disabled users must not be discriminated against; businesses therefore allocate a percentage of spaces for blue badge holders only.If other users park in those spaces, the business is at risk of contravening discrimination legislation by not have sufficient parking available for disabled users.
NoPenaltyPoints - 21-Mar-18 @ 12:30 PM
Is it illegal to park in disabled space on private land , illiteratly stopped for 4 minutes as only space available, I didn't even get out the car , got a fine from private company should I pay it
Stever003 - 19-Mar-18 @ 4:45 PM
Is it illegal for teachers / parents / visitors to park in a yellow disabled bay on school grounds. If they have no blue badge! As a wheelchair user it is frustrating to cone into pick up my girls and find one of the aforementioned already parked because they couldn't be bothered to find another spot.
Toodles - 19-Mar-18 @ 3:58 PM
Glitterbug - Your Question:
Had a car parked in the disabled parking bay outside my house for two days now without moving! No badge on show! The parking on my road is a nightmare and I’ve never seen this car around before. There really should be more we could do about non badge holders parking in disabled spaces! It’s all good and we’ll saying it’s a curtesy thing but not many people are curtious let’s face it!!

Our Response:
Is a council marked space? Have you contacted them to report it?
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Mar-18 @ 1:47 PM
Had a car parked in the disabled parking bay outside my house for two days now without moving! No badge on show! The parking on my road is a nightmare and I’ve never seen this car around before. There really should be more we could do about non badge holders parking in disabled spaces! It’s all good and we’ll saying it’s a curtesy thing but not many people are curtious let’s face it!!
Glitterbug - 10-Mar-18 @ 8:31 PM
T - Your Question:
I have a neighbour who lives on the corner house and he had a disabled bay put outside his neighbours house as he has double yellow lines outside his 5 weeks ago. Since the bay went in, he hasn't moved his 7 seater van from outside my house and parked in the bay.We have Controlled Parking Zone and he holds a valid permit so he can park his van wherever he wants. But the thing is, as the bay is on the corner he doesn't like parking his van in there as he claims his van would get damaged. Then why have the bay put there? He has a disabled son and had a legitimate reason to get the bay, but why would you pay for a bay and then not park in it? I've asked him politely to move his van from outside my house and park it in his bay and we just ended up having a massive fight. How can you enforce someone to actually use the bay?!He also went to the trouble of having the signpost changed from the controlled parking times to a Blue Badge Holders only sign.

Our Response:
It might be worth speaking to your local highways department and/or parking authority about this. There is nothing that forces a disabled user to park in a specific space unless there are some terms and conditions associated with the designation of the space.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Mar-18 @ 12:08 PM
I have a neighbour who lives on the corner house and he had a disabled bay put outside his neighbours house as he has double yellow lines outside his 5 weeks ago. Since the bay went in, he hasn't moved his 7 seater van from outside my house and parked in the bay. We have Controlled Parking Zone and he holds a valid permit so he can park his van wherever he wants. But the thing is, as the bay is on the corner he doesn't like parking his van in there as he claims his van would get damaged. Then why have the bay put there? He has a disabled son and had a legitimate reason to get the bay, but why would you pay for a bay and then not park in it? I've asked him politely to move his van from outside my house and park it in his bay and we just ended up having a massive fight. How can you enforce someone to actually use the bay?! He also went to the trouble of having the signpost changed from the controlled parking times to a Blue Badge Holders only sign.
T - 3-Mar-18 @ 10:51 PM
Hi..I have a family member who has an on street bay marked off as disabled bay and there is always a van parked in this bay quite a lot is there anything that can be done..He lives in Glasgow. Thanks Sarah
Sarah - 18-Jan-18 @ 10:23 AM
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
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