A Blue Badge Parking Permit helps the disabled holder park close to a destination, as a driver or passenger.
The Blue Badge Scheme is an important service for people with severe mobility problems that enables badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme operates throughout the UK, and is administered in Northern Ireland by Roads Service.
The concessions apply to on-street parking and include free use of parking meters and pay-and-display bays. The Blue Badge Permit is only automatically valid on-street; it does not automatically apply to off-street car parks.
Badge holders may also be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on others and can park for up to three hours on single and double yellow lines so long as they are not causing an obstruction (except where there is a ban on loading or unloading or other restrictions).
While the scheme operates throughout the UK, there are small variations in its application in Northern Ireland.