The Blue Badge Scheme is designed to help severely disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or a passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.
A blue badge is issued to a person, not to a vehicle. This means that you do not need to own a car to have a blue badge and you are not limited to travelling in only one car.
See our Car Parks page for details of disabled spaces in off street car parks throughout the region.
Disabled persons’ parking places
Disabled parking bays are available as a direct result of the Disabled Persons Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009. The Act requires local authorities to mark advisory parking bays following requests from qualifying persons.
A qualifying person is:
- a Blue Badge Holder who lives at the address where the bay is to be marked and a vehicle is registered at that address, and does not have a driveway or private vehicular access at that address
- an organisation that has a Blue Badge registered by the organisation at that address, and does not have a driveway or private vehicular access at that address
Applying for a disabled persons’ parking place
You can apply online or in paper by filling in our application for disabled parsons' parking place (pdf 208KB). You can also request an application form from your local service point, by calling our contact centre or by emailing us at email@example.com.
We will require to see your vehicle registration documents. If your car has been acquired through Motability you may not be in possession of your vehicle registration document. You can request a copy through the Motability website.
Your application will be processed and documents will be checked. Providing you meet the requirements we will arrange for a visit by our Roads Team to assess suitability of the site.
Following a successful assessment, a new advisory disabled persons’ parking place will be lined, as a temporary measure and the parking place will be added to a list to be included in an annual Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
The parking places will not be enforceable until the Traffic Regulation Order process is complete. The annual TRO will be advertised in local press and there will be a chance for anyone to object to the formalisation of these bays if they feel it is necessary. Once the TRO is finalised, Police Scotland can take enforcement action, should they feel that the bays are being utilised illegally.
Use of a disabled persons’ parking place
Disabled bays are provided for general use by any blue badge holder and, other than in exceptional circumstances, will not be allocated to private individuals. A valid blue badge must be displayed in the windscreen when a vehicle is parked in the bay.