Within East Ayrshire if you possess a disabled blue badge you have the right to park within any of our pay and display car parks free of charge and without time restriction.
Disabled Persons’ Blue Badges
Disabled Persons’ Blue Badges are issued to either a disabled driver or a disabled passenger. They can only be used when the vehicle is being used to transport the disabled person. It is not permitted to use the Badge for any other purpose, e.g. shopping for the disabled person when they, themselves, are not being transported in the vehicle.
If a parking attendant observes that a Blue Badge is being used by someone other than the actual Badge holder, a fine will be issued for the appropriate offence, for example, parking without a valid ticket or parking on double yellow lines.
Badges must be displayed on top of the dashboard or facia panel of a vehicle
Any vehicle found to be parked with an invalid Blue Badge on display will be issued with a fine for the appropriate parking offence.
Where a blue badge can be used
Vehicles displaying a valid Blue Badge may be parked free of charge or time restriction within any off-street pay & display car park.
Vehicles displaying a valid Blue Badge whilst parked within an on-street pay & display bay or limited waiting area are exempt from the charges or time restrictions which apply unless associated signage indicates otherwise.
There are time restrictions which apply to certain on street disabled bays.
Vehicles displaying a valid Blue Badge may also be parked on single or double yellow lines without time restriction provided there are no loading restrictions and they do not cause an obstruction to other road users or pedestrians (see below for restrictions).
Where a blue badge cannot be used
Vehicles displaying a valid blue badge cannot park in any of the following areas
- Locations covered by a loading restriction during the period of the restriction
- Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken
- In a bus lane during its hours of operation
- In a bus stop with clearway markings during times of operations
- In a cycle lane covered by a relevant order
- On Zebra, Pelican or Toucan crossings or their associated zig-zag markings
- In areas reserved for specific users e.g. loading bays or taxi ranks
- In a suspended parking bay
- Where temporary restrictions apply along the length of a road
- On school keep clear markings covered by a relevant traffic order
- Locations regarded as likely to cause an obstruction such as:-
- At school entrances, bus stops, on a bend or near the brow of a hill or hump bridges
- Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly e.g. close to a junction
- Where it would make the road narrow e.g. by a traffic island or where roadworks are in progress
- Where it would hold up traffic e.g. narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out e.g. fire station entrance
- Where the kerb has been lowered to form a pedestrian crossing point or driveway
- On a footway unless signs permit