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Blue badge query

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eddiecat78 Thu 29-Jun-17 16:47:21

I have a blue badge for my Dad. Our local hospital has a very small carpark and not many disabled spaces so parking is a nightmare. If I dropped him off and then parked on a yellow line outside of the carpark - it might be some distance away - am I likely to get into trouble?
The guide book that came with the badge says I can use it if I "need to park at the place where he is being dropped" - but I can`t park AT the place!!

Luckygirl Thu 29-Jun-17 17:06:55

That is bad - small car park at a hospital. Ours has a big (but expensive car park)and there are lots of disabled places that do not require blue badge, to take account of orthopaedic patients who are temporarily on crutches.

Marydoll Thu 29-Jun-17 17:20:06

I just got my badge renewed yesterday, much to my relief.
I was reading the handbook to check for you.
"In Scotland, badge holders may park on single and double yellow lines for as long as they need and it is safe to do so, unless there are restrictions on loading or unloading-indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs on plates. Elsewhere in the UK, there is a limit of three hours. Parts of central London are different and you must check with local authority."
In saying that, one of the hospitals I attend has only a few spaces and I have to park in a hotel nearby for £2 hour! Hope this helps.

Ana Thu 29-Jun-17 17:25:12

eddiecat I think you're not likely to get into trouble - just display the badge while you're parked on the yellow line.

The badge is meant to be for the benefit of the disabled person and you, as his driver, are entitled to park wherever you can to enable him to get to his appointment.

Nelliemoser Thu 29-Jun-17 17:35:06

I think you do need to have the said disabled person in the car when you park.

Dropping the person off and parking round the corner with the blue badge may not count. Do check it out.

eddiecat78 Thu 29-Jun-17 18:32:48

It`s very difficult. If possible 2 of us take him to appointments so that one can be dropped off with him and stay with him whilst the other hunts for a parking space but I can`t always find someone to come with me. If I am on my own I need to drop him off in reception and hope he won`t get lost (he`s 94) while I park, so I want to be as near as poss so I can get back to him quickly. But I can see that it would look wrong that an able bodied person is parking on yellow lines

Ana Thu 29-Jun-17 18:37:09

I honestly don't think it would be a problem eddiecat.

What would the authorities expect you to do?
And is anyone going to check anyway?

eddiecat78 Thu 29-Jun-17 18:45:52

Ana - the problem is that I know local residents get very irate about hospital users parking on the surrounding roads so it is possible that wardens are checking. I think I will have to just risk it though. I have been trying to track down a phone number or contract details to get some "official" advice but can`t find anything

Ana Thu 29-Jun-17 18:49:39

As long as you display the blue badge there shouldn't be a problem - I know what it's like at my local hospital, pitifully few disabled parking spaces and all full when you get there.

GrandmaMoira Thu 29-Jun-17 20:31:14

I would be careful. My husband had a blue badge and still sometimes got parking tickets. Would it be possible to go by taxi instead? It's always difficult to drop off a frail or disabled patient, find a parking space and get back to the patient. When I was working in a London hospital we always advised people not to drive - options were public transport (if fit enough), taxi or hospital transport (ambulance).

Iam64 Thu 29-Jun-17 20:37:19

Could you check with your local council parking department, or police community support officer.
I was in Wales recently, where you can park with no payment or time limit, providing your blue badge is on display.
I wish this was the case in England

Galen Thu 29-Jun-17 20:58:48

No problem on double or single yellow lines as long as they haven't got regular two cross hatches at regular intervals, and you are displaying a blue badge

Iam64 Thu 29-Jun-17 21:00:36

Thanks Galen. I'll pass that to my sister

rosesarered Thu 29-Jun-17 21:06:22

Just to say, a friend parked on a yellow ( actually red, not yellow)lines, but means the same thing at our hospital, and did get into trouble ( even though displaying her blue badge) she apologised and got out if it but was told never to do it again , so you should really check with the hospital first.

eddiecat78 Fri 30-Jun-17 08:14:22

Thanks everyone - I`m finding it pretty impossible to find anyone official willing to give me a definite answer. Sadly a taxi is not an option as we are 20 miles from the hospital and it would cost a fortune
At our small community hospital there is plenty of parking but we have to go further for many of his appointments

kittylester Fri 30-Jun-17 08:28:52

Ice dropped DS and then parked a distance away. As it happened a traffic warden was passing so I asked him. He said it was fine so long as I wasn't causing an instruction.

Round here people who need transport for hospital apps etc can use volunteer drivers paying about £4 per trip. I would check with RVS, AgeUk or ask at the hospital.

kittylester Fri 30-Jun-17 08:29:54

Bloody phone.

I've and obstruction!

MissAdventure Wed 05-Jul-17 10:10:07

My daughter and I regularly park outside the back of the hospital, on double yellow lines. Its a shorter walk to the departments she needs. The only time she got a ticket was when she had parked on the section marked 'permit holders only'. It all does seem confusing though.

M0nica Wed 05-Jul-17 11:43:00

I think it varies from place to place. A friend got a wopping fine for parking on yellow lines in London, where it isn't permitted, even though it is not a problem locally.

devongirl Wed 05-Jul-17 12:00:37

eddie could you drive to somewhere nearer the hospital where you can park, and get a taxi from there?

Marydoll Wed 05-Jul-17 20:00:22

The Blue badge handbook states that the blue badge schemes does not fully apply in four central boroughs. They operate their own individual parking concessions.

Heather23 Mon 17-Jul-17 09:33:40

I would park on double yellow lines displaying blue badge and if challenged explain the situation. However, my understanding is that the badge holder needs to be in the car when you park so one solution would be to have a wheelchair to cover the distance between parking slot and the hospital if this is possible? My mother offers me her badge if I am doing her shopping without her but of course I refuse it as I don't think that is appropriate but she doesn't agree! You do hear of terrible abuse of the scheme - I heard of a son using his father's badge to enable him to park up in London for the day (without his father!).

Marydoll Mon 17-Jul-17 09:47:58

In Scotland, the blue badge rules state that: "You must never give the badge to family or friends to allow them to park for free, even if they are collecting shopping for you.
It is a criminal offence to misuse the badge, the badge user must be in the car. Doing so can lead to £1000 fine and confiscation of the badge.

trisher Mon 17-Jul-17 10:20:14

You would be breaking the law if you dropped your father and then parked using your Blue Badge, regardless of the yellow line regulations. If you were spotted (and there are people and cctv cameras all over the place) it means immediate confiscation of the badge and possible court action. Your father would then have to go and claim the badge back. You would have to explain why you acted as you did and the local authority would decide whether to prosecute. (Can you tell it has happened? DIL used mum's badge to park after dropping her off. Took ages to sort out!)

eddiecat78 Tue 18-Jul-17 17:56:05

I wish there was somewhere you could phone to get a definitive answer - hospital says to ask the council - council says to ask the hospital!