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Misuse of Blue Badges

Fraudulent abuse of the Blue Badge scheme is a national problem and local authorities will prosecute those found deliberately misusing permits to park on roads or in a council car park.

Alternatively, download and complete our  Icon for pdf Blue Badge misuse form (PDF, 62.3kb) .

It is an offence

Misuse of the badge by someone who is not disabled is an offence. You will be fined up to £1000. This applies in addition to whatever penalty may be imposed for any parking offence. 

You are also using a parking space that somebody with a disability may need.


Misuse can include:

  • Using a badge which is no longer valid
  • Using a badge that's been forged or copied
  • Using a badge that's been lost or stolen
  • A valid badge that is misused by a friend or relative.

Also, remember that:

  • The Blue Badge holder must be travelling in the vehicle for the Blue Badge to be valid.
  • It must not be used by anyone doing business on behalf of the badge holder, when the badge holder is not or has not travelled in the vehicle.
  • When the badge is displayed, the expiry date and the badge serial number must be visible. The photo and badge holder's name should face down.

Unfortunately we are unable to enforce blue badge abuse in private car parks.


Contact us
Blue Badge Scheme
03000 269 425
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 115
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 9BX
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