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  • Don't use your badge when it's out of date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, 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