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Blue badges

A Blue Badge helps the holder to park close to their destination, as a passenger or driver. The badge is meant for on-street parking only. Off-street car parks, such as those provided in council, hospital or supermarket car parks have separate rules. The Blue Badge is issued against clear criteria to support mobility needs and excludes the need for means-testing.

Applying for a Blue Badge

Please visit the Somerset County Council website to apply.

Using a Blue Badge in our car parks

The zero tariff for Blue Badge holders in our off-street car parks has been dropped.

But we know that customers who hold Blue Badges may need more time when they’re using our car parks. So a vehicle displaying a valid Blue Badge can get 1 extra hour of free parking on top of the time allowed once they have paid the correct charge for a space. Note: This does not apply to the 6 pay on foot car parks in Taunton.

Limited disabled parking bays are available. Remember you must always display the valid blue badge and time clock/disc as instructed.

The tariff boards in all our car parks give full listed regulations for disabled badge holders.

Displaying the disabled badge

You should display the badge where it can be clearly read through the windscreen of the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol or the hologram (new type badges). All badges do have the wording "Display this side up".

When displaying a disabled badge the parking disc/clock must also be displayed showing the time of arrival. You must remove the badge from view when it is not being used.

Inspection of disabled badges

The Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), who enforce off-street parking can ask to inspect any badge used in the car parks. They’ll be in uniform and have their ID number on display. They also carry a photo ID card you can ask to see. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t comply.