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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  • Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it.
  • 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 PCN .

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 badge holder.

If you suspect someone is using a Blue Badge illegally:

Apply online Contact us online (select Parking - disabled badges)
Phone us Phone: 01243 777653


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 occurred; and
  • the time and date of when the claimed misuse occurred.

 

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