Misuse of a badge and badge inspections
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence
West Sussex County Council and the district and borough
councils, in partnership with Sussex Police, enforce the
correct use of Blue Badges.
Drivers displaying a Blue Badge while parked on yellow lines or
in designated disabled parking areas may be asked by a Civil
Enforcement Officer (CEO) or police officer to make the badge
available for inspection. It is an offence to fail to produce a
badge when asked to do so by any of these authorised persons.
- Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to
- It is a criminal offence for non-disabled
people to use a badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of
up to £1,000.
- It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle
displaying a Blue Badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle,
or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge
holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is
accessible only to vehicles displaying a Blue Badge) in order to
pick up or drop off the holder.
If you have received a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) as a result of
incorrectly displaying or misusing your Blue Badge, and you wish to
challenge it or make an appeal, please follow the instructions on
the reverse of the 'notice' and contact the issuing
authority. You can find out more on our Parking shops section.
Misuse of a designated Blue Badge bay
Non-disabled people who park in a bay designated for Blue Badge
holders are liable to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice or
To find out more, please visit the GOV.UK
'Blue Badge Scheme' web pages, where you will find a
downloadable document about your rights and responsibilities as a
If you suspect someone is using a Blue Badge
Please provide as much information as possible, such as:
- the Blue Badge holder's name and date of birth;
- the Blue Badge serial number;
- the town and street location of where the claimed misuse
- the time and date of when the claimed misuse occurred.
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