A Blue Badge is to help the Holder to park close to their 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. The Blue Badge is issued against clear criteria to support mobility needs and excludes the need for means-testing (for more information please refer to document “The Blue Badge scheme; Rights and responsibilities in England).
In December 2015, following the review of Fees and Charges, the Council made the decision to remove the zero tariff for Blue Badge holder within WSC off-street Pay & Display car parks.
When considering this action the Council recognised that customers who hold blue badges may require additional time due to their mobility issues. Therefore the concession that a vehicle displaying a valid blue badge shall be entitled to 1 extra hour of free parking in addition to the time allowed following payment of the appropriate charge in accordance with the scale of charges was agreed.
Limited disabled parking bays are available, please remember to always display the valid blue badge and time clock/disc as instructed (please see below).
The tariff boards in all our car parks provide full listed regulations for disabled badge holders.
Displaying the Disabled Badge
You should display the badge where it can be clearly read through the windscreen of the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol or the hologram (new type badges). All badges do have the wording "Display this side up".
When displaying a disabled badge the parking disc/clock must also be displayed showing the time of arrival.
Please remember to remove the badge from view when it is not being used.
Inspection of Disabled Badges
The Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), who enforce the off-street parking may request to inspect any badge being used within the car parks. The CEOs will be in uniform and have their identification number on display. Each CEO also carries an identity card with their photograph should it be requested by the driver/badge holder.
Failure to comply with a request to inspect a badge is an offence for may which result in a fine of £1,000.
Disabled Visitors to the UK
Disabled visitors from the European Union can also take advantage of our parking concessions by displaying the badge issued under their national scheme. Where their scheme does not include the use of a parking clock/disc as required in England and Wales, the DfT (Department for Transport) suggests that the badge holder should simply write the time of arrival on a piece of paper/card and display it prominently on the dashboard or facia panel next to the badge.
This concession is also extended to disabled badge holders from all other countries; however if you are visiting Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland different conditions apply.
Failure to comply with these conditions will result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued
Registered keeper details may also be requested from DVLA.
Applying for a Blue Badge
Please visit the Somerset County Council's website for how to apply.
Blue Badge Scheme, Rights & Responsibilities booklet (publication T/INF/1214)
The tariff board in the car park provides full listed regulations for disabled parking.