Parking for the disabled
Details of the Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a parking provision for people with disabilities who either travel as drivers or passengers. A blue badge allows a vehicle to be parked near to where the badge holder needs to go.
To be eligible for the provision the blue badge must be valid and displayed correctly. Blue badges should be displayed with the badge expiry date facing forward and be clearly visible from outside the vehicle. Motorists/badge holders who do not comply with all requirements of the scheme may receive a Penalty Charge Notice. To find out more information on where blue badge holders can park please follow this link .
Blue Badges are only valid for parking when the badge holder is either driving the vehicle or is being transported in the vehicle. The badge holder must be present when the vehicle is parked, if the badge holder has already been dropped off before the vehicle is parked the driver cannot use the badge. Blue badges are not for use by family or friends of the badge holder to obtain free or more convenient parking, use of a blue badge by a person other than the badge holder is a criminal offence and can lead to a £1,000 fine. Parking Civil Enforcement Officers as well as Police Officers have the right to inspect blue badges to ensure that they are being used correctly, badge holders should show their badges when requested. Additional powers introduced in October 2013 allow Civil Enforcement Officers to retain a blue badge in certain circumstances including if the badge is being misused or has been reported lost or stolen.
Suspected misuse of blue badges can be reported on-line, you do not have to give your name or contact details.
Changes to the Blue Badge Scheme
In an attempt to counter fraud, bring in better controls and stop badges being abused, changes have been introduced to the way they are issued.
Badges will only be given out following a local authority assessment, which does not require a report from a GP.
The charge for issuing a blue badge is £10, this charge will only apply to those whose application is successful.
A Blue Badge lasts for up to three years before holders have to re-apply.
People who do not qualify for a full badge will have an assessment to see if they qualify for a discretionary badge if they have trouble walking long distances.
Disabled Parking Places in Middlesbrough
The Council allows free parking without time limits for disabled badge holders in all its pay and display car parks and pay and display on street parking areas. This provision applies to all types of parking places including long, short and limited-stay spaces and not just dedicated disabled bays (excluding the private permit parking area on level 4a of the Captain Cook Square Car Park and level 6 which is also for private parking Monday to Friday).
Use of disabled bays is controlled by the Civil Enforcement Officers who issue a Penalty Charge Notice to motorists abusing these facilities.
Dedicated disabled parking bays (no time limit) are available in the following Council car parks:-
Buxton Street Car Park - 3 spaces
Captain Cook Square Multi Storey Car Park - 45 spaces (situated on upper level 0, upper level 1 and level 4a)
Civic Centre Car Park (Saturdays only) - 5 spaces
Fairbridge Street Car Park - 6 spaces
Ferry Road Car Park (Transporter Bridge) - 2 spaces
France Street Car Park - 5 spaces
Gurney Street Car Park - 3 spaces
MIMA Car Park - 6 spaces
Zetland Multi Storey Car Park - 15 spaces (situated on level 1 and level 2)
Total dedicated disabled parking bays in car parks - 90 spaces
On street disabled parking bays (no time limit) can be found in the following locations: -
Abingdon Road (outside of the International Centre) - 3 spaces
Baker Street - 3 spaces
Bedford Street - 3 spaces
Beresford Buildings (outside Thorntree Surgery) - 2 spaces
Binks Street (Linthorpe Village) - 2 spaces
Bolckow Street (close to Marks and Spencer) - 3 spaces
Clive Road (outside Linthorpe United Reformed Church) - 2 spaces
Ferry Road (close to the Transporter Bridge) - 2 spaces
Grange Road (opposite MIMA) - 15 spaces
Grange Road (outside YMCA Charity Shop, 59 Grange Road) - 2 spaces
Harris Street (outside Haven Medical Centre) - 1 space
Hill Street - 1 space
Linthorpe Road (located on the unnamed road alongside The Village Medical Centre at 400-404 Linthorpe Road) - 1 space
Newport Crescent (outside Binns Store) - 3 spaces
Oak Street - 3 spaces
Park Road (outside the Dorman Museum) - 2 spaces
Viewley Centre Hemlington - 10 spaces
Westward Street (paved area in between 117 & 121 Linthorpe Road, access off Fairbridge Street) - 4 spaces
Woodlands Road (outside Woodlands Surgery) - 1 space
Zetland Place (outside Teesside Archives) - 1 space
Total dedicated disabled parking bays on street - 64 spaces
Blue Badge Applications
Follow the link to find out information on how to apply for a blue badge.
There is a Shopmobility Centre in Middlesbrough based on the 1st floor car park of the Hill Street Shopping Centre. Shopmobility is a hire service that provides wheelchairs and mobility scooters for people with limited mobility to access the town centre. Further information can be found by calling 01642 254545 or visit www.middlesbroughshopmobility.co.uk