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By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 10 Jan 2017 | 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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Mick - Your Question:
Your comment to Angela on 13th December is wrong, a disability car MUST reside at the disabled person's address permanently, it can NOT be kept at any other address at any time, the car may only be driven by an authorised person and used directly for the disabled person's benefit, abuse of these rules will result in a forfit of the vehicle.

Our Response:
The question did not state that the motability car was not kept at the address. His daughter is entitled to drive it if it for his benefit/ or to transport him.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Jan-17 @ 11:50 AM
Hi I had a fracture in my left foot and had to go to Queens Hospital to attend an appointment. There was no one with me and I had to drive my car. When reached at the hospital I looked for 10 minutes and couldn't find any nearest place to park my car. Hence I parked my car in the disabled parking area and got a penalty for that. I appeal against the penalty charge as if I was to park my car any remote place I was risking more damage to my already fracture foot. Even though I am not permanent disable but for that day and until now my movement is partially restricted. So the very reason to allocate a disabled area fit the purpose of my circumstances. I have reappeared again to POPLA and they gave me seven days to add any additional comments to add before they deliver their decision . Please could you let me know if there is anything else I can add in my appeal and what should I be doing should my appeal rejected with POPLA. Thanks
Masud - 10-Jan-17 @ 10:33 PM
Your comment to Angela on 13th December is wrong, a disability car MUST reside at the disabled person's address permanently, it can NOT be kept at any other address at any time, the car may only be driven by an authorised person and used directly for the disabled person's benefit, abuse of these rules will result in a forfit of the vehicle.
Mick - 10-Jan-17 @ 2:26 PM
Hi Got a letter today saying I was parked outside a bay on a residential street, however I DID NOT receive the parking ticket and the photo clearly shows my van inside the bay and now they want £110 off me.can I send it back to sender explaining I do not wish to enter into contract and give my reasons why ? ??
Nuks - 8-Jan-17 @ 10:45 PM
I have a disabled bay outside my home due to my disabilities . How much of other peoples cars either side of the bay cab be parked inside the bay.
Minnie mouse - 6-Jan-17 @ 9:54 PM
Hi there Gary I am a registeted genuine disabled person with mobility issues who has a blue badge and I'm tax exempt due to the severity of my condition. I have been experiencing bullying from me neighbours who live next door who have been trying to push me out of the disabld parking space for 4 years. The police or council do nothing to help the situation. Is there anything I can do or can you recommend a disabled organisation who may know please?
fedupgenuinedisabled - 31-Dec-16 @ 9:41 AM
Hi, my mother recently had a major stroke and now requires a wheelchair. A disabled badge has been applied but not yet received. Yesterday my father recieved a penalty for parking in a disabled spot which usually he avoids but this time the car park was busy and only small spaces free which meant it would be hard for my mum to get out and walk to her wheel chair. Does anyone know if he appeals will it be honoured if he can prove they have applied for a badge via a social worker?
Charl - 18-Dec-16 @ 4:01 PM
glugger - Your Question:
Kingston upon thames have a disabled parking bay with a time limit of just 10 minutes. As it is impossible to disembark and reembark a wheelchair in that time surely they are being discrimatory. Are there any rules around such things. If one got a ticket could you appeal on some grounds ? Thanls

Our Response:
You should raise this beforehand to prevent any such eventuality. Question the parking authority itself (Kingston upon Thames) and also their legal department.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Dec-16 @ 12:05 PM
Angela - Your Question:
Hi we have an issue with a disabled space across from our house. The man who resides at the property cannot drive and has been issued a disabled badge. It is his daughter who does not reside at the address that has the mobility car in order to drive him around. However, she parks in the space all the time whether they are actually taking the man out or not. Should the mobility car stay at his residence? Is she allowed to use the badge and space if she isn't using it for the man? How can we report or actually check the space is legal?

Our Response:
Yes she can use the space and badge if the purpose is for transporting a disabled person around. If she is the appointed carer she may also be able to drive the motability car when doing anything that involves looking after her father.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Dec-16 @ 11:35 AM
Kingston upon thames have a disabled parking bay with a time limit of just 10 minutes. As it is impossible to disembark and reembark a wheelchair in that time surely they are being discrimatory. Are there any rules around such things. If one got a ticket could you appeal on some grounds ? Thanls
glugger - 12-Dec-16 @ 9:09 AM
Hi we have an issue with a disabled space across from our house. The man who resides at the property cannot drive and has been issued a disabled badge. It is his daughter who does not reside at the address that has the mobility car in order to drive him around. However, she parks in the space all the time whether they are actually taking the man out or not. Should the mobility car stay at his residence? Is she allowed to use the badge and space if she isn't using it for the man? How can we report or actually check the space is legal?
Angela - 11-Dec-16 @ 5:28 PM
Hello I have received a fine for parking in an unused disabled spot outside my house the chap that used it died about 5 years ago it is the only parking space on the street during the day there are several other disabled bays on the street that are sign posted to display blue badges which I do not park in but the one outside my house has had the sign posts taken down the council has rejected my appeal but disagree any advice would be useful
Dickyt - 7-Dec-16 @ 12:40 PM
Where do you complain about drivers parking in disable bay when the blue disable badge is not display.
Pastapatel - 18-Nov-16 @ 2:35 PM
Hi thank you for getting back in touch with me, my 4 and 5 year old go to that school and i have been kindly allowed to be let in to the parking area of the school, through controlled electronic gates, there are 2 yellow marked disabled allocated spaces , its a very tight car park, and on rather a lot of cases these 2 spaces right outside reception thats for disabled parking are used by anyone that visits the school, i have reported the numerous cars parked on these bays, but i just get frowned at, and the last straw was the other day when i went to take my children to school a white 4x4 was parked diagonally, covering both bays as to where i had to go to the back of the car park and walk a fare way to the reception to hand the children in to school, like i said iam very greatful that i have been allowed to go in to the school parking area and use the bays , when they are available, but parking out side of school i would have to walk up the hill, with the conditions i have, i wouldnt make it even make it to the gates of the school before gasping for breath, headmistress said she would put something in a news letter at somepoint, but it was one of the school staff cars over 2 bays, they really dont seem bothered,
Bumblebees1966 - 8-Nov-16 @ 6:32 PM
Bumblebees1966 - Your Question:
Hi Im seeking advice on Disability parking spaces in school grounds, I am disabled myself, with lung disease, emphysema, and COFD. I was kindly given permission to use the disabled parking bays outside reception at the school.The problem is they are getting used for skips, loading unloading, and basically used by anyone who comes in to school, no Blue Badges are shown, I have reported this to the school office only to be frowned upon, and even spoke to the headmistress only this morning, as a white 4x4 was across both parking bays, and no permit shown, can anyone isntruct me, give me advice as to where I can get this stopped. kind regards

Our Response:
Do you work at the school? Is there somewhere else to park when the disabled bays are taken. We're not aware of any specific laws on parking space on private grounds, but if a space is marked for disabled/blue badge holders then the owner should try and enforce it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Nov-16 @ 1:59 PM
Hi Im seeking advice on Disability parking spaces in school grounds, i am disabled myself, with lung disease, emphysema, and COFD. i was kindly given permission to use the disabled parking bays outside reception at the school. The problem is they are getting used for skips, loading unloading, and basically used by anyone who comes in to school, no Blue Badges are shown, i have reported this to the school office only to be frowned upon, and even spoke to the headmistress only this morning, as a white 4x4 was across both parking bays, and no permit shown, can anyone isntruct me, give me advice as to where i can get this stopped. kind regards
Bumblebees1966 - 7-Nov-16 @ 9:26 AM
Parked in a Disabled bay by mistake using Blue Badge, unfortuntely Blue Badge holder was not with Driver. A local parking Attendant, videoed, but the Local Authority failed to send any letter, until 30 days had gone. What is the legal position here? In the Authorities Letter it also stated that they had sent an earlier letter but when challenged, they owned up and said they had not. Advise please....
PIN503 - 31-Oct-16 @ 7:19 PM
After a year of fighting for a disabled parking space outside our house,for my daughter recovering from cancer and having avascular necrosis hence needing a wheelchair.......we have finally been given one.We only require it until her mobility is better and also realise that anyone with a blue badge can park there.My question is people keep parking in the space with no blue badge , what can we do about it.Our community nurse said take a pic of the registration and report it but to me that seems a bit drastic.
Tan - 5-Oct-16 @ 8:06 PM
Hi there. I have a problem, a friend of mine is disabled, we were both attending a conference. He brought along his Blue Permit, and this was put in the window, both parts by myself. I dropped him at a hotel, picked him up, dropped him back. The next day, I went to a wedding and parked in a disabled bay, but my disabled badge holder was not with me. Unfortunately, I did not know the rules and regulations as I've never had a disabled person with me. When I returned to the vehicle, a traffic warden was there. I then knew something was up, perhaps I shouldnt have parked there or something else was wrong. The warden asked where the disabled permit holder was. I then tried to ring him, but no answer. I then drove my vehicle to a legally parked place, I then tried to ring my friend, still no answer. The warden then said that it was best to tell the truth, which I did. I was driving my disabled friend for 3 days, and on this occasion he wasnt with me, but I was on my way to collect him. The warden turned over the blue permit and said about the rules. As a person who did not know the rules and regulations, i owned up to parking in a disabled bay, with the blu permit in the window. I did not fraudulently use the permit to get free parking, I was totally obvious of the rules and regulations. The warden videoed the conversation, and I told him the truth. I understand that this is now under investigation for fraudulently using a disabled parking bay using a blue permit. What more can I do? What would you advise?
PIN503 - 3-Oct-16 @ 11:34 PM
Braveheart - Your Question:
I recently parked in a free car park at the local retail outlet. I did admittedly park in one of the numerous empty designated Disabled parking spaces for approx 10mins. I returned to find a Parking Charge Notice not a Fixed Penalty Notice on my windscreen. I chose to ignore this notice as I believed that these notices are in fact Invoices from a private company and are not enforceable by law (I live in Scotland). What are the legalities in such a case ?

Our Response:
They can still pursue it via the courts. Private companies can issue parking tickets but they are invoices for a breach of contract. The contract only exists if there are clear notices displayed telling you where, when and for how long you can park. The car park owner can take you to the civil court if you ignore it but often they don't bother as it can be expensive/time-consuming.Also, it's not always possible to find your address from your registration number and in corresponding with them, your are providing this (making it easier for them to take further action). If you are taken to court and you lose, you will have to pay both fine and any additional costs. If you lose and still refuse to pay, you might find your credit record affected. It's up to you whether to ignore it, but you parked in a disabled space when you are not disabled, so if taken to court, it's unlikely you'd win.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Sep-16 @ 11:39 AM
I recently parked in a free car park at the local retail outlet. I did admittedly park in one of the numerous empty designated Disabled parking spaces for approx 10mins. I returned to find a Parking Charge Notice not a Fixed Penalty Notice on my windscreen. I chose to ignore this notice as I believed that these notices are in fact Invoices from a private company and are not enforceable by law (I live in Scotland). What are the legalities in such a case ?
Braveheart - 20-Sep-16 @ 11:08 AM
Marcus - Your Question:
I parked in a disabled bay on a retail park, outside a shop, because I am currently on crutches. Just received a PCN because I was not displaying a blue badge. Can I appeal this?

Our Response:
Probably not. Most disabled bays are for blue badge holders only.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Sep-16 @ 2:00 PM
I parked in a disabled bay on a retail park, outside a shop, because I am currently on crutches. Just received a PCN because I was not displaying a blue badge. Can I appeal this?
Marcus - 7-Sep-16 @ 4:19 PM
Hi just wondered if there is a time limit allowed for dropping off paperwork items if stopping in a disabled spot. Was given a fine by my local council even though I was working for them dropping paperwork off. Took 2 minutes away from my car in which time a ticket was issued, have appealed on grounds of working for council but not allowed it. Just wondered if there was a time limit as may be able to use that instead
Toni - 3-Sep-16 @ 3:49 PM
Hi, Someone who is not disabled is parking in a disabled bay without displaying discs or in fact without a disability and make sure no one can park in that spot outside of that spot. Can you tell me what to do about this as it is unfair to others on our street, Christina
Chrissy - 19-Aug-16 @ 1:33 AM
I parked in disabled bay for less than 2 minutes had 2 kids in the back that didn't won't to come in the shop so used the bay outside the door . got a ticket the car park was empty 9:00 am UKPC it was on private land I have been told not to pay it they can't force you ? Any idea what to do
Finchy - 16-Aug-16 @ 12:59 PM
Sandy - Your Question:
Hi,I just come from buying a kitchen ( toy) in London road Clacton-on-the-sea.As I don't know the area went around a few times until Lady appear outside and I could stop on a tiny area, unfortunately on a disable place but seller of kitchen said is ok for 5 minutes.sure? yes. So look at kitchen outside, her house pay the lady also she offer her toilet as I drove 1:30 hours and as came to the car, the neighbour ( lady) came towards me and absolutly Mad at me because was an offence that I park there. She went to her house and toke a paper to mark to car number plate always saying strongs words. I said.Oh, please don't need to do this( pointing to her paper) I just came to pick a toy from your neighbour and am going now. The Lady said Furious.Don't you dare touching me !!!!! What???? I thought ! this is crazy.first time in my hole live. Than more Upsetting things she said so I ask the Lady that I bought the Kitchen for some help but she knew already how she was so she said the best way is just go. Very, very sad, just worried that will need to pay a fine for less than 5 minutes there.Can you please help?

Our Response:
It's unlikely that a parking authority would act on this. The most you're likely to receive is a warning.
NoPenaltyPoints - 9-Aug-16 @ 11:48 AM
Hi, I just come from buying a kitchen ( toy) in London road Clacton-on-the-sea. As I don't know the area went around a few times until Lady appear outside and I could stop on a tiny area, unfortunately on a disable place but seller of kitchen said is ok for 5 minutes....sure? yes. So look at kitchen outside, her house pay the lady also she offer her toilet as I drove 1:30 hours and as came to the car, the neighbour ( lady) came towards me and absolutly Mad at me because was an offence that I park there. She went to her house and toke a paper to mark to car number plate always saying strongs words. I said ...Oh, please don't need to do this( pointing to her paper)I just came to pick a toy from your neighbour and am going now. The Lady said Furious ....Don't you dare touching me !!!!! What???? i thought ! this is crazy.....first time in my hole live. Than more Upsetting things she said so I ask the Lady that I bought the Kitchen for some help but she knew already how she was so she said the best way is just go. Very, very sad, just worried that will need to pay a fine for less than 5 minutes there. Can you please help?
Sandy - 8-Aug-16 @ 3:40 PM
My aunt has a disabled bay outside her house placed there by the local authority. She is severely disabled. She parked her car in the bay and left it there when she and her husband flew to Scotland for a two week holiday. Her husband does not drive so she took her disabled badge with her to use in the car she hired in Scotland. On her return there was a penalty notice on the windscreen for failing to display a disabled badge. She phoned the council but they stated she had to pay the penalty charge. She is eighty years old and unable to walk. Surely the badge is for the person to use, how would she be able to use it on holiday if it has to be in the car back in Croydon?
Graham Delaney - 5-Aug-16 @ 11:04 PM
How do I report a person parking in adisabled car spot without a permit?
b - 21-Jul-16 @ 8:44 PM
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