Blue Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at on-street parking (metered or 'pay and display') unless a local traffic order, such as a ban on loading, is in force. The same parking time limits don't always apply to Blue Badge holders as to everyone else. Always check local signs for information.
Badge holders may also usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland except
- where there is a ban on loading or unloading
- at a few locations where local schemes apply, for example certain areas of central London.
If you park on yellow lines anywhere in England or Wales, you must display your Blue Badge together with a special blue parking disc that shows your arrival time.
Apply for a blue badge
The Blue Badge parking map can be used to find
Blue Badge parking bays in 64 towns and cities across the UK address, number of spaces and any applicable restrictions and exceptions red route parking bays in London accessible petrol stations in the UK and their service facilities. See internet link on this page.
You must not park
- During the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by yellow lines and a sign nearby). In pedestrian areas, restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines.
- Where that are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken.
- In a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation.
- In a cycle lane.
- On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation.
- On any pedestrian crossing – including zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings.
- On zigzag markings before and after pedestrian crossings.
- In parking places reserved for specific users (for example resident-only parking, loading bays, taxi ranks).
- In suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited.
- Where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road - usually indicated by no waiting cones.
- Outside a school on areas marked 'keep clear', during the hours shown.
You must also not park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples
- At school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge.
- Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, for example close to a junction.
- Where it would make the road narrow, such as by a traffic island or where roadworks are in progress.
- Where it would hold up traffic for example in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances.
- Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, such as at a hospital entrance.
- Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing.
- On a pavement unless signs permit it.
- If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users the police could remove your vehicle. You could also be prosecuted and have your badge taken away.
- Vehicles cannot legally be wheel clamped on the public highway or on private land for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle.
- You must move your car if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform asks you to.
Leeds City Council has developed a new travel information website www.leedstravel.info which will allow travellers to find out exactly what's happening on the city's roads, car parks, railways and bus routes so they can plan ahead and avoid any trouble spots. Includes the locations of all Blue Badge parking bays in Leeds.