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Am I entitled to a disabled parking bay outside my house?

I’m disabled and get DLA mobility and care components at the highest level. Am I entitled to a disabled parking bay outside my house?
Nina Murray Dyer, by email

Helen Dolphin replies: You need to contact your local council and ask for a disabled bay outside your home. The qualifying criteria do differ for each authority but you usually have to be a Blue Badge holder and the vehicle be registered at the address where you live.

The council will look at the safety of installing a bay as well as alternatives, such as your parking on a drive.

Once the local authority has agreed to instal a bay it will produce and publicise the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This can take months. The bay is then enforceable and will have a sign situated next to it stating “Disabled badge holders only”. Motorists who then park in the bay without displaying a valid Blue Badge will be liable to a Penalty Charge Notice. Do be aware that even if the bay is outside your house it does not belong to you and any Blue Badge holder can park in it.

Comments (10)

I was very interested to read that the disabled bay outside someones home, or near to it is enforceable. I live on the Isle of Wight and this council doesn't enforce the parking bays. No sign is erected, so anyone parks there, even, and more likely, able bodied people, making life very difficult for the disabled person. I know of some that cannot go out in their car, because they can never get back in the disabled bay. There is an option of paying for the disabled bay, where the bay will be painted quicker,which is a waste of money, because there is no guarantee the disabled person will be able to park there. Life is difficult enough for the disabled and something as simple as having a 'fighting chance' of a parking space would make life a little less stressful.

I am writing on behalf of my elderly mother in law
My mother in law is severely disabled and with age cannot walk very far her car is her life line which she parks on a single yellow line with her blue badge outside her flat in Louth a small Lincolnshire town this has been fine has Louth had no traffic wardens until just before Christmas when the control was handed over to a private company .Her road is close to the shopping centre large school and offices and used by all to avoid car parking charges .since the parking changeover she has had her car ticketed so i applied to council for a disabled space near to her flat. This was met with a point blank no and was told Lincolnshire council do not provide disabled parking bays out the town centre and she had thought about parking when she moved there 20 years ago. i contacted her local councillor who also could not offer any help
Can you offer any advice or help

Hi, i;m a disabled lady living in a City Council house in a Park in Cork City,i don't drive but i have a disabled Passenger disc.a lot of the time when a friend or a taxi is dropping me home the parking space outside my home is'nt free to park,i wonder if i could get a wheelchair parking bay painted there?

I have just read the comment made by Lincolnshire council to your mother regarding she should have thought about parking 20 years ago, what an awful thing to say to a disabled person. I have come across these type of comments myself as I am disabled and have had this level of consideration from Wolverhampton council on various matters. Do they really understand what its like to be disabled... I think not.

hi reading rose riordan message I have been trying to get a disabled parking bay outside my motherin laws house and Powys county council have blankly refused as she does not have a car and they don't see there is a problem they even told me to drop her off find somewhere to park the car and then go back and take her into her home she lives on the main a4067 a noted accident blackspot, and it is a clearway area on the road where she lives . I think it is discriminative against disabled non drivers because if she owned a car she would qualify for a disabled parking space .

I applied for a disabled parking space in August 2013 all permissions were given at all stages it is now April 2014 and I am still waiting. I have a lot of problems with people parking too close to be able to get my wheelchair in the vehicle and if I go out I can not get near my house, which as you can imagine causes me a lot of problems as I can not walk. It has been my experience that it doesn't, seem to matter what your difficulties are it is of no consequence to council departments. As I live in Wolverhampton I do not know if this is just in my area, but the reason for my comments are you and I now the difference a little help makes to people with disabilities but it is not a priority to others.

I have seen a home made disabled parking sign outside someones house. Their drive is long and wide and fit a car near to the front door with easy access. I this legal

hi im a disabiled person with a mobility car and blue badge I live in blackpool and when football on I cannot park in front of my house sometimes streets away I cannot walk with out great pain in my legs am I entitled to some kind of parking bay so at least I can park in front of my houses only when football on I have this problem

mr rackstraw as no where to park out side his house becouse of all the taxis what park every where

I think it unfair when I have to pay £36 for a parking bay outside my house and another blue badge holder can use it especially when they have a driveway so that they can put a second car on the drive

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