Misuse of blue badges
Nottingham City Council actively enforces the misuse and abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme.
If you suspect someone of Blue Badge misuse or abuse, you can report this confidentially online.
Misuse and Abuse
- Abuse of a badge: using a counterfeit (fake) badge, using an amended badge, using a lost or stolen badge, or a badge of a deceased person
- Misuse of genuine badges: using a badge when the registered user is not present
Your Blue Badge must be used correctly, so it is important that you know the rules about using it. They are in the booklet you get when you receive your Blue Badge
You can find the Rights and Responsibilities booklet here. If you would like a copy sending to you please contact us.
Do not let someone else use your badge
- You should not let someone else use it to go and collect something for you. When you are not travelling in the vehicle, take the Blue Badge out so no-one else can use it
- Do not let someone else use the Blue Badge to get free or better parking
- A badge can only be used for your benefit. If the trip is for someone else and you are a passenger and staying in the vehicle, you cannot use the badge simply to allow them to benefit from free or better parking
- Someone who is not disabled who uses a Blue Badge is breaking the law and can be subject to legal action
Do not use the badge when it is out of date or no longer required
- You can only have a Blue Badge for three years at a time, when the three years are up you must apply to your local council for a new one
- If you no longer need a Blue Badge, it should be sent back to the council
Do not use the badge when information on it is wrong or illegible
- You cannot change any information on a badge. People who inspect badges must be able to read all the information on your badge. If the information becomes illegible, send the badge back to the council and ask for a new one
- If your badge is damaged in any way you must have it replaced
Do not copy, fake or change any information on the badge
- It is a criminal offence for anybody to copy or amend a Blue Badge
Rules on having your Blue Badge checked
Police officers, traffic wardens, parking attendants and civil enforcement officers have the power to inspect the badge.
Enforcement Officers are allowed to operate in plain clothes. If any of these people ask to see the badge, you must show it to them. If you do not, you will be breaking the law and you could be fined up to £1,000.
Enforcement officers have right to retain the badge if they have reasonable grounds to do so. This includes badges that are expired; fake; changed; cancelled or misused.
Crossing the Line Campaign
The aim of the campaign is to highlight that we actively enforce the scheme in Nottingham City and to provide information to citizens in how they could help in reducing the abuse and report potential misuse of a Blue Badge.
You can confidentially report Blue Badge misuse online or by calling 0115 876 1888.
For further information please contact 0115 876 1888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Badge Policy
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