If you are a less abled driver then pleased read below about disabled parking in London which is mainly managed by the Blue Badge Scheme.

Blue Badge Scheme:

Different rules apply regarding the use of the Blue Badge in four key London Boroughs.

  • The Royal Borough of Kensington  and Chelsea
  • The City of Westminster
  • The City of London
  • Parts of  the London Borough of Camden (South of Euston Road)

Get clued up before you arrive in London with our simple list of do’s and don’ts

Blue Badge holders can park:

  • In designated Blue Badge Bays
  • At a meter, Pay and Display bays and Pay by Phone bays (BB holders will get an additional hour of free parking added to the time for which payment has been made)
  • On single yellow lines ONLY in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as long as there is no loading or unloading restriction and only for 20 minutes to drop off or pick up a disabled person, or to collect goods.

Blue Badge holders  cannot park:

  • Red routes or double yellow lines
  • Single yellow line (except Kensington and Chelsea as long as there is no loading or unloading restriction and only for 20 minutes to drop off or pick up a disabled person, or to collect goods)
  • Suspended parking bays
  • Residents parking bays
  • Personalised disabled bays
  • Specific bays e.g. doctor, taxi etc.

Remember these limitations apply on top of the usual Blue Badge parking restrictionsblue-badge-london-icon

What are London Red Routes?

London’s red routes form a network of major roads that make up 5% of the roads, but carry up to 30% of the city’s traffic. If you don’t follow the signs and road markings, TFL may issue you with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). – TFL

  • There is no exemption for Blue Badge holders during the operating hours of Red Routes
  • There are bays set aside for parking for Blue Badge holders, but they may only operate during certain times.
  • Red bays indicate that parking or loading is only permitted during off peak times.
  • White bays indicate that that parking and loading is permitted at any time.

Remember to always check signs. Rules and conditions on parking in London are notoriously prone to change.red-routes-london-signage

Special Permits in London

The four London Boroughs run their own disabled parking permit schemes, for residents and people that work in the Boroughs full time.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – www.rbkc.gov.uk

City of London – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Camden Borough – www.camden.gov.uk

City of Westminster – www.westminster.gov.uk