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Disabled parking bays

Disabled parking bays are marked areas on the road that provide on-street parking for blue badge holders. We install them in residential streets to help blue badge holders park close to their homes.

The bays are advisory markings only and so no enforcement can take place if people park there without a blue badge. However most motorists appreciate the purpose of the bays and leave them clear for the people who need them.

The bays are larger than the average vehicle to allow any blue badge holder to use them. The long length of the bay allows for access to the rear part of a vehicle.

Apply for a disabled parking bay

There is no charge for installing disabled parking bays.

First check that you meet the criteria:

  • You are a blue badge holder.
  • You do not have any off-street parking such as a driveway or garage.
  • You have a vehicle registered and kept at your address.

If your road already has a disabled parking bay, you can still apply and we will check if there is a suitable location in the road for another bay.

  • Download the application form (pdf).
  • Complete the form and return it with the required documents to the address on the form.

Once we have received your application we will carry out a site visit to see if there is a suitable location for the bay.

Repainting disabled parking bays

If your disabled bay needs to be repainted you will need to fill in the application form (pdf) and supply copies of the required documents as if you were applying for a new bay.

How long will it take

We do not order the installation of new bays or repainting of existing bays individually but batch them together in larger orders approximately every three months. Our aim is to place an order with our contractor for the installation or repainting of bays within no longer than four months of approving an application.

For applications received between 1 September and 30 November 2016, we ordered 55% with four months. This below par performance was largely due to us delaying placing our order because of a backlog in our lining programme, which can often occur during the winter when the weather affects what can be done as it is not possible to install road markings on a wet surface.

Removing unused disabled parking bays

If there is a disabled bay that is no longer required (for example because the disabled resident has moved) then please contact us.

You will need to tell us precisely where the disabled bay is and why it is no longer required.

We will confirm that this information is accurate and send a letter to nearby residents to find out if any of them require the bay. If the bay isn't needed we will arrange to remove the markings (it may be some months before the markings are actually removed).

Enforceable disabled parking bays

As mentioned above, most disabled parking bays do not have any legal standing and we cannot take action if people park in them without a blue badge.

Some disabled parking bays are enforceable. These have a have a sign next to them with the words 'disabled badge holders only' and are usually in shopping areas or in streets where there are other parking controls. Anyone parked in an enforceable bay and not displaying a valid blue badge may receive a penalty charge notice.

Bays can only be made enforceable as part of a parking review for the area.

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