Parking for Disabled Drivers

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 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

A vehicle displaying a blue badge may park as follows:

  • On yellow lines for three hours with the parking clock clearly displayed and set to the time of arrival
  • In a limited waiting bay for an unlimited period of time (the clock is not required)

They may not park:

  • In a bay reserved for certain classes of vehicles, e.g., Bus Stops, Taxi Ranks, Goods Vehicle Loading Bays
  • In an area restricted by zigzags
  • Where a loading ban is in force (there will be chevrons marked on the kerb)

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", you should apply to West Sussex County Council. Either by telephoning The Social Services Department on 01243 777653 or visit the Blue Badge pages on the West Sussex County Council website.