DISABLED DRIVERS IN MID SUSSEX
Disabled Drivers who hold a valid Disabled Badge are able to park in the following areas in Mid Sussex:
Off Street Parking (Car Parks)
There are 70 disabled parking bays in our Pay and Display Car Parks. A disabled person may park free of charge provided that their vehicle is parked only and wholly in a clearly marked bay -whether this is a specific 'disabled' bay or a normal bay that is available to the general public.
If a vehicle displaying a blue badge is not wholly within the bay or parked on any marked yellow lines on the access road or in the car park, they will be subject to a Penalty Charge Notice.
In the village car parks, vehicles displaying blue badges (even if they are in a disabled bay) cannot stay longer than the maximum waiting time.
If a Blue Badge is unreadable due to age or tampering or is over three years old it may not be accepted and if in doubt the motorist should pay when using a 'Pay and Display' Car Park.
On Street Parking
For guidelines on where you may park "on street" in Mid Sussex, please refer to the West Sussex County Council's disabled parking pages.
Controlled Parking Zones
Controlled Parking Zones are slightly different as they have parking places not found in other area. Owners of blue badges must not park in Resident Bays, as permit holders have the priority. If you are a blue badge holder and you live in the Controlled Parking Zone, you can apply for a Residents Permit.
The Blue Badge Scheme
If you think you might be eligible for a Disabled "blue badge", in which holders receive certain parking privileges and are part of a nationally recognised scheme, you should apply to West Sussex County Council. Either by telephoning The Social Services Department on 01243 642105 or visit the Blue Badge pages on the West Sussex County Council website.
Inspection of Blue Badges
Please note that, under Section 94 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, Parking Attendants, Police Officers and other Civil Enforcement Officers now have the power to inspect Blue Badges. This allows them to determine whether or not the Badge is being used legitimately and also whether or not the Badge is genuine. This scheme is solely aimed at those drivers who are fraudulently using the Badge. MSDC would like to assure legitimate Disabled Drivers that they have nothing to fear from such an inspection. Guidelines for the Inspection of Blue Badges can be found our Downloads/Links Section.