Someone else can drive you and use your blue badge if you are a passenger in the vehicle. They can use it when they are picking you up or dropping you off. But if you allow someone else to use the badge when you are not a passenger, this is a criminal offence.
Please contact us to tell us about the misuse of a blue badge. All reports are treated confidentially. To be able to investigate we will need the serial number on the badge, and if available the name and address of the holder. A badge can be withdrawn immediately if:
it has been reported lost or stolen
the holder is not the person they claim to be
the holder allows another person to display the badge
the badge was obtained by false representation
violations have occurred on more than three occasions (for example, parked vehicle causing obstructions or danger to other road users)
If an able-bodied person uses the badge and the holder has allowed this use, their badge will be immediately withdrawn. It is a criminal offence for an able-bodied person to use a badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000.
It is also a criminal offence to drive a vehicle displaying a disabled car badge unless the badge holder is either driving or is a passenger in the vehicle, or an able-bodied person needs to display the badge on his or her vehicle in order to enter or leave a pedestrianised area for the purposes of collecting or dropping off the badge holder. The maximum fine is £1,000.
You can find out more about your rights and responsibilities as a blue badge holder by reading this document from the GOV.UK website.
What we will do if a blue badge is misused
We work closely with parking enforcement officers. If they or we discover that a blue badge is being misused we will work together to investigate the reasons. Parking enforcement officers have powers to seize a blue badge at the roadside if they think it is being misused.
If this happens, or we suspect misuse or it is reported to us, we will contact you to let you explain what has been discovered / reported and ask for your views.
We will then make a decision about what to do next. This could be:
We will also consider a criminal proceeding if we believe an offence has been committed.
If we are satisfied that no further action is required we know how important it is for you to have your badge. We aim to get it back to you within 48 hours subject to your co-operation with our investigation.