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.Â 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.