The Blue Badge Scheme
A Blue Badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or driver. However, the badge is intended for on-street parking only. Off-street car parks, such as those provided in local authority, hospital or supermarket car parks are governed by separate rules.
It is down to you to use the Blue Badge properly. The badge and its concessions are for your use only. It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine. Making sure that the scheme is not abused will benefit genuine badge holders, such as yourself. If you are using the parking concessions as a passenger, it is your responsibility to make sure that the driver is aware of all the rules set out in the "The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England" leaflet that will have been issued when you received your badge.
Who can use the badge?
The badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped. Do not allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you, unless you are travelling with them.
You must never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to park for free, even if they are visiting you. You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. Although it is not illegal for a badge holder, or a non-disabled person waiting for the badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle while the Blue Badge is displayed, consideration should be given to using a car park whenever possible.
It is a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme.
Further advice and information
You should always tell your local authority if your circumstances change, such as when
- the badge needs to be renewed;
- the badge is lost, stolen or damaged;
- you change address;
- your surname changes due to marriage.
The Blue Badge scheme is administered and enforced by St.Helens Council if you are resident in this borough. You should always contact us first for further information.
There is a Blue Badge Holders Car Park in Claughton Street, St Helens.