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Disabled Bays and Illegal Parking

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 28 Nov 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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Hi Does a supermarket have the authority to suspend use of one or more disabled bays?
DI - 28-Nov-18 @ 1:35 PM
I recently took my disabled mother shopping on a high street in Herefordshire (Ross on wye).She displayed her badge accordingly. The main street was mostly loading bays which were completely empty, however, we found an empty disabled parking space near the bottom of town. We wanted to visit a specialized shop and had to walk approx 750 yards to where we wanted to go which also involved walking up a hill. Due to my mothers' disability walking was slow and tedious. We outstayed parking by ten minutes and we were issued with a ticket. There were empty bays behind and in front of us. I wrote to the council to dispute the parking charge and an email was received to say they had a big backlog and they will contact me. I then received a notice with a bill that had increased because I hadnt paid the initial charge. Is there anything else I can do about it.
Treza - 21-Nov-18 @ 2:36 PM
I parked in an onstreet disabled space for 10 mins while picking up my son from nursery. A man came over and shouted at me for doing so. I apologised but he continued. Can he report me to the police?
Parking - 15-Nov-18 @ 9:11 PM
Hi, I recently parked in a disabled bay in a council carpark overnight. The pay & display says carpark rules apply 9am - 5pm. I received a ticket at 8.50am. I appealed to the ticket and was told it was a 24hour carpark & the fine was enforceable. Is the ticket valid please?
Zekerroo - 10-Sep-18 @ 6:56 PM
I've found lots of people parking in blue badge bays in car parks without a badge on display. And in central London, lots of Arab drivers waiting in blue badge bays, refusing to move. What can one do about this? I've found I've had to park quite far and then sometime not continue with my plans because I've not been able to find parking as a result.
Zaza - 16-Aug-18 @ 2:28 PM
Fobber- Your Question:
I recently got a ticket for parking in a disabled bay although my wife is disabled but doesn't currently hold a blue badge. My understanding of the law is that if there is no signage stating it's for 'blue badge holders only' then anyone is allowed to use it.

Our Response:
Was this in a private car park? If so, while they are supposed to allocated spaces for disabled used, the conditions of parking are a contractual matter between the car park owner and the driver. Spaces marked out for badge holders are not legally enforceable and just rely on other drivers being courteous. Councils generally refer to disabled parking spaces as for those with blue badges. If your wife fits the disability criteria for a blue badge she can use her badge in your car when you're driving as long as she is with you. If you want to contest the ticket it might be worth seeking professional legal advice.
NoPenaltyPoints - 31-Jul-18 @ 3:38 PM
I recently got a ticket for parking in a disabled bay although my wife is disabled but doesn't currently hold a blue badge. My understanding of the law is that if there is no signage stating it's for 'blue badge holders only' then anyone is allowed to use it.
Fobber - 30-Jul-18 @ 6:28 PM
My neighbor has a disability Parking bay outside his house 4 were sent a notice of the above all 4 homes homes on the row objected to this however it went ahead. the neighbors car does not fit into the bay so parks outside of the bay half in half out. I have never seen a blue badge displayed ? not sure if you have to display. My neighbor then goes away for weeks at a time and leaves his friends car that indeed fits into the bay. This friend does not live in our local area. Can I find out the car that is registered to that bay ? I feel something is not right My neighbor has rang the police on more than one occasion for me parking an inch over the bay now my wheels my number plait and also other neighbors for the same. Now a large work van is parking outside my house who also does not live on my row. which will mean the disability parking bay may have to be used for resident parking. can you please advise. thank you
Jan - 28-Jul-18 @ 11:40 AM
Jamie - Your Question:
Hello. I was issued a ticket for being parked in a disabled bay. However there was no signs on the ground stating this was a disabled space as it was right next to another parking space that was a typical parking space. There was only a tiny post next to the parking space which I didn’t see, as, because I said earlier, no paint markings showing a disabled space or wheelchair symbol. Is this worth fighting?

Our Response:
Who issued the ticket? A private car park owner? Council car park etc?
NoPenaltyPoints - 24-Jul-18 @ 11:28 AM
Hello. I was issued a ticket for being parked in a disabled bay. However there was no signs on the ground stating this was a disabled space as it was right next to another parking space that was a typical parking space. There was only a tiny post next to the parking space which I didn’t see, as, because I said earlier, no paint markings showing a disabled space or wheelchair symbol. Is this worth fighting?
Jamie - 23-Jul-18 @ 2:50 PM
Amber - Your Question:
I recently got a disabled bay on the street in front of our home. However everybody parks in it. I know people with a blue badge can but most people are not displaying a blue badge. What can we do about this? It is making things very difficult for me.

Our Response:
Unfortunately disabled spaces marked outside your home by the council are advisory only and have no legal standing. It doesn't indicate a private parking space in fact no one can be prevented from parking in the bay, though most people will avoid the space out of courtesy.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Jul-18 @ 3:40 PM
I recently got a disabled bay on the street in front of our home. However everybody parks in it. I know people with a blue badge can but most people are not displaying a blue badge. What can we do about this? It is making things very difficult for me.
Amber - 30-Jun-18 @ 1:47 PM
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
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