Blue Badge misuse

Information about Blue Badge misuse, including how to report it and what the consequences are if you are found to be misusing a badge.

Your Blue Badge is the property of Suffolk County Council, if it is misused then we can withdraw it.

Misuse of a Blue Badge by you or another person is a criminal offence and can carry a fine of up to £1000 as well as immediate withdrawal.

Important things to remember

  • You must be a passenger or driver of the vehicle at all times when a Blue Badge is displayed
  • You can't use your badge if you remain in the vehicle whilst a non-disabled person makes use of your badge for their own benefit, this applies to parking in designated Blue Badge spaces
  • For all other parking the rules of the scheme need to be adhered to, please refer to the ‘Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in England’ booklet
  • Don't let someone else use your badge to get free or better parking
  • Carers can't use the badge even when carrying out business on your behalf
  • Don't use your badge when it's out of date
  • Don't use your badge when the information on it is wrong or illegible
  • Don't reproduce or allow anyone else to reproduce your badge
  • A penalty charge maybe issued for any parking contravention, and the local authority can asked for the badge to be seized

For more information read our leaflet Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England.

Reporting misuse of a Blue Badge

You can report suspected misuse to us by completing our online form, or by emailing bluebadgeteam@suffolk.gov.uk, so that appropriate action can be taken.

Please include the following information, wherever possible, in your report:

  • The Blue Badge number (essential)
  • Name of the person the Blue Badge was issued to (if known)
  • Vehicle registration of the vehicle using the Blue Badge
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Circumstances of suspected misuse
  • Date suspected misuse took place
  • Provide photographic evidence if possible
  • Your name and contact telephone number – although you can remain anonymous